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 love all nonfiction but in particular history & science. When I tire of facts I'll run to fiction
Never read the printed version but would prefer the audio to get through the density of the material
Einstein of course. Because he was a brilliant scientist but not a perfect person. He made mistakes but imagined the world in a way few did.
He takes his time when it gets to the dense physics bits. He makes the physics in the book sound as if it were the story of little red riding hood. Simple, clear and concise.
Alongside a light beam.
This book is so interesting. It is hard to put down and beckons for encore listening presentation.
Einstein, of course!
Again, Einstein, of course!
Yes, but I couldn't. It's pretty lengthy.
This instantly became one of my all time favorite books!
I had expected to hear about Einstein, his theories and scientific career, but I had not expected to learn so much about his personal life and his attempts to prevent war. The book is loaded with copious comments from Einstein (thanks to his writing letters to so many of his friends), and you really get the sense that you understand how and what he thought. Most of Einstein's greatest work takes place in the 20th century, so there is the bonus that world events that I had heard about separately from other sources, were told in a linear fashion in the book, allowing me to see events in a more causal fashion.
That he was such a women's man.
When he signed a guest book, where he was from and he signed it, that he had no country.
Albert gave up his German citizenship. He chose Switzerland and the USA over Germany!
Help to know what is intelligence. The historical even with the world war is a major character who influence strongly. The way Einstein thinking is exceptional .
I love the way stories are used to help the non scientist understand the theories of Einstein.
I finally "get" why the General Relativity Theory shifted the entire concept of how the universe works.
I would have had a hard time actually reading this book. I think I might have set it down -the concepts require great attention and focus. But read to by a master, listening to stories about a great story teller, kept me riveted to my "book", eager for each new chapter.
not technical enough and when you choose a narrator who explains technical intricacies of the subject please choose someone who does not gobble and zip through the entire subject. i can detect a bit of a show off in the narrator. he really is better suited for narrating american civil war heros or presidents from that era. someone else with more clear intonation when it came to tech stuff should have narrated this book. I am very dissopointed. what an extraordinary material and what poor performance by narrator. he was much better as dick chaney then einstein and his thearies of relativity.
someone who has more passion for phisycs for sure. edward showed more enthusiasm when talking about personal relationships that when it came to discribing the genius of einstain, that is so said. i hate the narrator.
it told me that great minds do not rely on what is confirmed by their sicieties, instead they examin everything to suit their way of life. that living alone without female hosemates gives one a trampeline into discoveries beyonds ones imaginations, that swiss as well as german societies were nationalistic. that america is a periphery.
one must put a conciouse amount of effor and time into selecting a suitable narrator. its not what people say it is how they say it that makes all the difference. I thought narrator sounded too old. i can detect hemoroid in his voice and a bit of disinterest in the physics itself.
Very interesting to know details about the life of such a man, so detached from the opinions of others, trusting and following his own intuitions till the end of his days; and at the same time always gentle. There are also lots of amusing stories and anecdotes; I enjoyed the listening. I rate four stars because I missed some more about his relationship with the spiritual realm, with God (the well-known "God does not play dice" and little more).
If you're not a scientist or otherwise very well educated, this is not for you. I had a very hard time making it all the way to the end of this book.
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