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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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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 05-27-12
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 05-27-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Author Does a Nice Job of Engaging Us in the Story"

    Einstein is a fascinating man scientifically, politically, and personally. Isaacson does a good job of telling the story in a way that balances these three aspects of the famous man. Hermann's narration is masterful.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sonoma 05-20-07
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    Beautifully read and written. Even for the non-physisist it is a wonerful listen.

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    "Great read!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fascinating to learn how this person has revolutionized the world of physics and how his discoveries affect our lives. Excellent read.


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    Sam Motes Tampa 11-24-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 11-24-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Brilliant scientist struggling with world events"

    A beautiful read into the life and intellectual struggles of Einstein as he dealt with personal issues and world events. Isaacson truly does a brilliant job of pulling no punches and pulling the reader into the struggles Einstein went through as a Jewish intellectual in Nazi Germany and then the patriotic vigor of pushing the US to invest the time and energy to build the bomb to beat the German's to it and then the moral struggling he dealt with living with the realization that helped in the slaughter of millions of people. One of the best biographies I have ever read.

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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 04-24-13
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Einstein His Life & Universe"
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    The performance by Edward Herrmann is so perfect.
    He is such an important person, and his story is so inspiring.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have no interest in physics or higher math. This is story of a great scientist and humanitarian.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The letters and piecing his life together is fascinating!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing! Superb!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Bravo!

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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-27-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2001

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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    "I don't like biographies, but I loved this one"

    I was reluctant to listen to this book because I don't like biographies. I'm glad I broke my rule. The author explains the physics of Einstein (from quantum theory to general relativity) better than almost any other popular physics book. It's really the definitive biography of Einstein because the author had access to letters which none of the other biographers have had till now. The book can be read by those who love a good biography of an interesting person and for those who what to learn about the physics. After having read this book, I can fully understand why Steve Jobs picked the author to write his biography.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 04-24-11
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 04-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book that covers more than just Einstein"

    Great book that makes you understand why Einstein was as icon. It was three books in one. It was a biography, overview of his physics theories (in layman???s language) and impacts of being Jewish in Germany during world war one & two. What really surprised me was that he struggled to get a professorship as well as his impact on the world stage away from physics. He was a remarkable person for his accomplishments in physics and beyond and this book brought his story and the times in which he lived to life.

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    Bennett south lyon, MI, United States 12-13-09
    Bennett south lyon, MI, United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    Walter Isaacson paints a complete, partial, realistic, beautiful picture of this most amazing mans life.

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    Andre Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 09-20-09
    Andre Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 09-20-09
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    "Einstein is much deeper than E=MCC"

    A great listen, I have already recommended this book to several people. In fact, I was so moved that I need to read the book as well.

    We have heard stories about Einstein, unfortunately these stories are tales and legends or simple not true.

    Einstein is a deep man, some one I would have like to have known. There is so much I did not know about him, such as his defense of Civil Rights in the USA. To his way with women.

    As well, I chose this book because of my love of physics and it did not disappoint.

    Get it, you will love it, the only disappointment will be when it comes to an end, 21 hours never went by so quickly!

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    Gilles Cantley, Quebec, Canada 09-15-09
    Gilles Cantley, Quebec, Canada 09-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Still the greatest"

    I always liked Albert. Since I was a young boy, I always considered him to be the greatest man that ever lived. I did know many things about his live, but in this book I found a few more. It provided a different vision of the man, finding out things about his personality provides a different incite about the full picture of his life. This is a good book, make sure you like him enough, it is a long reading, but the time passes quickly. It's all relative i guess.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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