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Einstein: His Life and Universe | [Walter Isaacson]

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Isaacson is the modern master of the biography, so it was only natural that he turn his pen to Einstein. And more than any biography of the past, Isaacson's account unravels the life behind the brain and provides a full picture of the man who embodied the scientific spirit of the 20th century. Edward Herrmann is stirring and moves effortlessly from humorous anecdotes to scientific theories. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

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.

It's all relative: listen to more about Albert Einstein.

©2007 Walter Isaacson. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2008

"[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)

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    Julie Columbia Falls, MT, United States 02-18-12
    Julie Columbia Falls, MT, United States 02-18-12

    These books are great when driving alone and waiting in doctors' offices, etc.

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    What made the experience of listening to Einstein the most enjoyable?

    Personal as well as technical history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Einstein.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can't answer this.


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    Jonathan United States 02-13-12
    Jonathan United States 02-13-12

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    "An absolute joy"

    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.

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    Alex Blackwood, NJ, United States 11-30-11
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    "Outstanding review of one of an iconic person"

    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.

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    piRskwayrd 11-09-11
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

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    Craig 08-22-11
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    Nice book about a very interesting man. Well written, I would have liked to hear more of a perspective from family, especially children.

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    Charles USA 03-14-11
    Charles USA 03-14-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoy books where the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the characters are made clear. This is one of those books.

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    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 01-11-11
    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 01-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

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    Jeff La Roche Sur Foron, France 11-06-10
    Jeff La Roche Sur Foron, France 11-06-10
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    "Excellent book, excellent narration"

    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!

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    Shawn 08-27-10
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    "Einstein: His Life and Universe"

    Great insight on the genius. I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about science and the A Bomb.

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    Michael Chattanooga, Tunisia 04-02-10
    Michael Chattanooga, Tunisia 04-02-10
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    "Well done! Very interesting."

    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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