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 liked learning about Einstein and how he lived, especially his childhood and his years in America.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, however, around 2/3rds of the way through it became rather dull when it was explaining more about how Einstein was bent on disproving quantum mechanics. That was a small section though and I believe it helped show Einstein's political side after his miracle year.
I liked how Walter showed the humanity of Albert, in both his genius and his life. Got a full run down on the history of his life and an In depth look at the general theory of relativity.
Balances Einstein's life story and his science very well. The reader does need to have a basic understanding of physics to appreciate the sheer genius of Einstein described in this account.
This book is meticulously researched and sourced, yet written in a witty and entertaining way. Edward Hermann has done a great job narrating this book. There is more to Einstein than just science, and Walter Isaacson made it very interesting. I was researching and learning more about the science topics thats mentioned in the book and it made this book amazing.
For those of you thinking it might be more about science, it is not. Author has done a great job explaining complex science topics and can be easily understood by those who may not have science background.
There are multiple things that made this story amazing. But one thing that stands out is that this beautiful minded person had a troubled personal life and shows that he is still a human like us.
Great narration. He is the best for this book.
loved every minute of it. I am compelled to go on and understand more about Einsteins theories
in hindsight I think I should have read the abridged version. This book is so detailed that I found it tedious to finish. great information, but too long for my taste. in addition I should have read it at 1.25x speed much of the time. There may be a few areas where you want to slow down to catch the thought experiments, but overall I think the author is just fairly slow.
For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God's existence. For Einstein, it was the absence of miracles that reflected divine providence. "The fact that the cosmos is comprehensible, that it follows laws, is worthy of awe. This is the defining quality of a God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists." -Albert Einstein
Einstein's genius was in his perpetual curiosity, his wonder, awe, and reverence for all of God's creations. He seldom let disappointments and setbacks set him back, discourage him from going forward...he never gave up. That, I believe was where Einstein not just exploded past, but more importantly, outlasted and out-endured his contemporaries. Minds like Bohr, de Broglie, Curie, Planck, Schrödinger, Tesla, et al. were geniuses many times over, and revered and learned about in modern Chemistry, Biology, Physics, etc. I would be amiss if I didn't add his humble, respectful nature, quick wit, and enduring sense of humor to what helped elevate him to immortal status, and how and why you know the name of Einstein, and not those of so many other great thinkers even if you've never taken an advanced course in any of the above-mentioned subjects.
This biography was more like a heady marathon than a mindless stroll along the beach. It was to be endured, to be experienced. There were many beautiful moments, times when I felt excitedly curious, enlightened, and engaged in thought. There were also moments...more like long stretches, where my intellectual "legs" felt overwhelmed, exhausted, and incapable. Although those times were grueling, they stretched and deepened...strengthened me as a person, both mentally and spiritually.
May he rest in piece. Edward Herrmann was an incredible talent who added much to Bill O'Reilly's great books, and many, many others when he read them, this book includeed.
What an great experience, what a great man, what a great book!
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