Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.
These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.
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"[A] lucid account." (Publishers Weekly)
"Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait." (Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso)
"Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life." (Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein)
I am a devotee of history, biography and science. This is the best biography I have read. Isaacson skillfully explains complex science so that it can be understood by most readers. I now believe that I can appreciate relatively theory and its implications. He reveals the strategy and implications of thought experiments, the distinction between empiricism and rationalism in science
as well as the obligation to use intelligence in addressing social and political problems of all people.
This wonderful book should be read by every thoughtful person.
I am not a scientist and lack the scientific vocabulary. it was the heart of Einstein that I was able to grasp and revere . i listened to every word with a sense of awe .
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
very detailed chronology of the greatest mind we have known. this show the very human side of a man who deemed himself average and not special, yet altered our view of reality itself.
Was excited to hear the story and high expectations come from this author. Enjoy his work... This one just missed something. Ultimately, it told us about Einstein and his life.. Could have been. accomplished in half the space and time. Certain points and part dragged on excessively long.... Glad I read it. Wish it would have taken half the space.
I had to take off a star because I would never read it again (and 5 stars are for books I'd reread). Not because of the author but because of the subject matter and I am not a science person. But kudos to Isaacson for writing a phenomenal biography about a complicated person in a way that a simple layman like myself could enjoy and understand. I would recommend it to everyone.
Isaacson's writing is clear and very enjoyable. It's a long book, but this is a great book to listen to while driving. It is worth multiple listenings.
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