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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: 5.4 x 0.8 x 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: #1,797,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a gentle introduction to Einstein's scientific work then this is an excellent place to start. Written with affection, it is a warm tribute to Einstein.

The book is chock-full of photographs. Three portraits hung on the walls of Einstein's study - Newton, Maxwell and Faraday. Three major influences on his scientific thinking.

My copy of this book is an old 1975 edition. It is as dog-eared as its owner.

Banesh Hoffmann proves to be a talented teacher. He sometimes has an almost poetic style of writing. It makes for a good style of instruction. Relativity, the Special and the General Theories are clearly outlined.

The book is produced with the collaboration of Helen Dukas. As the loyal secretary, she was not going to spill the beans with any inconvenient truths. She helped ensure any skeletons remained firmly locked in their cabinets. In short, be aware that the ugly bits are left out. The book passed the sanitation tests of Otto Nathan and Dukas.

They needn't have worried on that score. Hoffmann is a safe pair of hands. And Einstein was a human being - just like the rest of us.

Despite the omissions, I am very fond of this book. But I like to think that I am aware of its limitations too.
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