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)
These books are great when driving alone and waiting in doctors' offices, etc.
Personal as well as technical history.
Einstein - he is the most interesting character and I like his ideals as well as admire his determination and what he's done for us. He's not only helped us advance technically more than anyone else, but politically and socially as well.
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The writing and narration of this book was excellent and a joy to listen to. It was a pleasure to delve deeper into the life of one of the most profound thinkers of our time, covering Einstein's triumphs and failings, passions and quirkiness. Excellent and well worth the time.
This review is not only informative but an enjoyable read. I have used much of the information in my chemistry classes. Outstanding book I have read multiple times.
The reader was good, the story was good, and eventhough it got a bit technical about the covariance issues in the tensors einstein was using and this might annoy the layman, it didn't detract from the overall experience. And the mathematically literate will not be too offended by the authors obvious unfamiliarity with said issues. It was a bit funny too.
I've read other accounts of Einstein, however I really enjoyed the narration as well. I loved the personal details presented side by side with the scientific. Very enjoyable and well done. If you like science, the history of science- this is a great book with the author showing how connected so many of the scientists are while in physics classes they often seem disconnected. I will be listening to this one again.
A delightful book on the life and times of Albert Einstein. Einstein's work is well presented and not too technical. Edward Herrmann's narration was superb!
Great subject, great production and narration, great all-around. If you like or are curious about Einstein, you'll love this book. I was amazed that the complex physics concepts were as easy to absorb as they were. I expected the unabridged to drag in spots, but found I was engaged throughout the book. After finishing the book I feel like I really understand the man, his mind and his journey. Well done! Very interesting.
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