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 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.
I am no Einstein but this in depth exploration makes me feel as though I know him, and I can identify with the way his mind and heart worked. It helped me understand the history of the science, religion, politics, and philosophy of the professor's time. I've often denounced the propensity in the 21st century to give grades outside the given parameters but in this case it deserves 6 stars out of 5 despite the fact that the Dr. himself would likely have ridiculed the absurdity of it.
i was excited to listen to this book because Einstein was such a genius. I tried very hard to listen to it all but just couldn't. the level of detail about mundane parts of his life was just too much.
Well written, a bit over my head in places but I expected as much. The truth is the learns more about Einstein then his math and that's what you will enjoy most. Great history and inside the mind of the man. A history lesson of the world and some great minds who were part of it at the time. Highly recommend
I found this to be an excellent biography. Before listening to this book all I really knew about Einstein was e=mc2 and frizzy hair. I'm not a scientist so I found the discussions of the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics pretty heavy going, but interesting nonetheless. It was the picture of Einstein the man that I found fascinating. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about this noble, gentle and brilliant man who was one of the most important persons in the history of the world.
This was a very well written, engaging book that captured and retained my interest in the life story of Dr. Einstein. It was not your normal biography that just centers on personal details of a character, the author brilliantly paints a vivid picture of historical and political events occurring, as well as advancements in the field of science.
I enjoyed very much learning more about one of the greatest minds in human history.
I recommend it specially if you're interested in history, philosophy, physics or just knowing about a life lived with so much passion.
The structure of the book is also very good, the chapters go into detail of his work, his thinking and relevant historical facts.
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