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)
Einstein was more than just super smart. This biography illuminates many other inspirational traits as well as others not so inspirational.
While some of the references to his scientific pursuits are tedious, it is more tha worthwhile to persevere.
Tell us about yourself!
Edward Hermann is an excellent narrator. Einstein was a complex man and the science is fun to think about and well explained.
What a comprehensive and beautifully written and spoke book. Walter Isaacson and Edward Hermann are a great team! I now have a rich understanding of Einstein the man.
Repetitive and slightly long, the book was otherwise a well-told story. Einstein is a pretty interesting man, but I didn't find the second half of his life to be as compelling as the first half.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
Very detailed book spanning the whole of Einstein's life. And surprisingly his post life is also briefly covered. Apparently his brain liked to trip through the USA.
The period after he discovered relativity is probably more interesting as before his great discoveries.
It goes beyond merely relating what happened to Einstein. The author explain many of the relationships between Einstein and others and the political situation of the time.
I was surprised by how much wrong information I had on Einstein. Even if you put all the documentaries about his life toguether you don't get close to the depth of details within this book.
I highly recommend this book because it is about the life of one of the greatest scientists humankind has and probably will see and second because of the effort the author has put into recreating Einstein's life year by year.
A great insight into the man, his life, physics, science, society, culture, politics and religion! A complete summation of a journey so beautifully crafted and presented that the end left a lingering moment of reminiscence.
whenever you're committing 20 hours of your life to something, it'd better be worth it. this book by Isaacson, without any doubt, is absolutely worth it. an in-depth exploration of the man of the 20th century one of the greatest human minds ever. a gripping personal story set against the background of a continent committed to self destruction. a scientific revolution like no other in human history - started by a lowly Swiss patent clerk too unaccomplished to even warrant a PhD. a depth of humanity, spirituality, and even humility that is breathtaking.
if this story was of a fictional character, it would be completely unbelievable. yet it is of the real life Albert Einstein, and that's what makes it so remarkable.
the narration is the best I've ever heard. a true enjoyment to listen to.
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