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.
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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 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.
It is fascinating to learn how this person has revolutionized the world of physics and how his discoveries affect our lives. Excellent read.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
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.
The performance by Edward Herrmann is so perfect.
He is such an important person, and his story is so inspiring.
I have no interest in physics or higher math. This is story of a great scientist and humanitarian.
The letters and piecing his life together is fascinating!
Letting the rest of the world go by
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.
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.
Walter Isaacson paints a complete, partial, realistic, beautiful picture of this most amazing mans life.
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!
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.
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