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5.0 out of 5 starsget to know the brilliant mind and well-intended heart of Albert Einstein, and learn from his mistake
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
I thought this book was delightful. It's peppered with fascinating, and at times provocative, anecdotes about the far-from-perfect man Albert Einstein was, behind the genius we know. This biography reads like a great narrative and is surprisingly suspenseful as it builds toward the critical mistake that is referenced in the title. There's been so much published on Einstein throughout the years, but David Bodanis keeps Einstein fresh.This book is required reading for anyone interested in getting to know the brilliant mind and well-intended heart of Albert Einstein. Ultimately he isn't very different from you and me...except for his monumental discoveries that changed the world, which Bodanis excels in making appealing to science-lovers and non science-lovers alike. Read it!
2.0 out of 5 starsThe author never even mentions the physical phenomena that Einstein won his Nobel Prize for!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
There were many interesting details. I am a physicist by training, and the stories and people were interesting. But - Einstein won his Nobel prize for explaining the Photo-Electric effect, which was published in 1905. The author says, "In a flurry of activity in the spring of 1905, his deadlock broke, and Einstein began to write a series of five papers...."
He then describes 4 of the papers, very vaguely, relative to mass and energy, and never the photo-electric effect. IMHO - this make the book a very poor read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2017
Excellent book - fascinating and very well written. As someone with a minimal to zero grasp of science, let alone E=MC2, this made me feel that i finally get it. Loved reading about Einstein the man also.
4.0 out of 5 starsHe admitted his biggest blunder - now Bodanis reveals the great man's greatest mistake!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2018
I enjoyed this - well written and full of info. Ithought I already knew what Einstein's greatest blunder was, but it turns out I was wrong! Well argued case for a somewhat different slant on the great man's life. Will join the many others on my shelves.
4.0 out of 5 starsAvoids the pitfalls of trying to explain mathematics to the layman
Reviewed in Canada on May 6, 2019
This is a difficult topic for one who is not a mathematician/theoretical physicist - the author obviously knows and understands the underlying mathematics, but avoids trying to explain it in any detail to the lay reader. I found the explanations understandable and interesting - glad I chose to order it.
David Bodanis has a knack for getting into those details that matter most and explaining them in such a way that it makes it intuitive to visualize and comprehend. A genius writer for the genius Einstien.