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Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel (Plume) Paperback – May 1, 1973


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Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (May 1, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452261937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452261938
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hoffman and Dukas's book is a classic.
Tensor1
The book is very beautifully produced, full of nice photographs.
henrique fleming
It makes for a good style of instruction.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By henrique fleming on August 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
Why is this book so good? Its first phrase is:"We sketch in this book the story of a profoundly simple man." This could be done only by friends. And friends the authors are. Banesh Hoffman, a collaborator of Einstein's, happens to be a great writer, possibly the best as books for the layman are concerned. Helen Dukas, the other author, was Einstein's secretary for many years. The book is very beautifully produced, full of nice photographs. Relativity is really explained. A labor of love which deserves much more popularity.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Rummel on July 26, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I have read several biographies of Einstein, some of which are among my list of all-time favorite books. None however, approach the intimacy or sense of personal connection as Hoffmann and Dukas' 1972 classic "Creator and Rebel." Perhaps because of Helen Dukas' influence, this book contains perhaps the most intimate look at the man and, thanks to Hoffmann, the one of the clearest explanations of his science. Though other biographies are also must-reads for Einstein devotees (Folsing and Frank, for instance), this one goes to the top of my list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tonydinardo@earthlink.net on May 3, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
One cannot seperate the man from his work and this biography branches into other people who touched upon A. Einstein as well as his science. The incomparable simplicity of his brilliant thought is driven home in the discussion of AT-LAB and GRAV-LAB. The story may be known or not. It deserves good re-telling. This audio book is well done and special thanks to the reader who handles the math examples (less than a handful) with precise language, grace, and accuracy. My complaint is that the book is too short. I woud have liked more of the interaction with subject in his personal life. But still a solid 8.
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I had previously read "Surfaces and Essences" by Hofstadter and Sander, which used many examples of how Einstein (and other physicists) used physical analogy to suggest possible connections within and parallels to other areas of physics. Surfaces and Essences extensively quotes Hoffman's biography of Einstein in support the thesis that Einstein used such analogy as his main tool, so I read the biography as well - go to the source. While Einstein certainly used analogy, so did many others who didn't go on to invent anything like Relativity, so there has to be a lot more to it than that. Which isn't to say that Hofstadter and Sander are wrong about the role of analogy.

But anyway, the biography was very interesting, and yes it did give the intellectual background, which is extensive. While Hoffman was a physicist of some repute, and gets the details correct, the biography is readable by a general audience.
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