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Albert Einstein, the Human Side: New Glimpses from His Archives Paperback – May 1, 1981

ISBN-13: 978-0691023687 ISBN-10: 0691023689 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691023689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691023687
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book] presents itself in such a modest and loving tone that it is fitting for the memory of the man it lets us hear. It is a fresh and delicious little anthology of citations from the body of Einstein's letters, journal entries and other written comment.... These varied, penetrating, warm and open remarks to queens and schoolchildren, friends and antagonists, philosophers and sophomores have been sensitively chosen by two old friends of Einstein's and well translated. The German originals are included."--Scientific American

"[This book] compiled by two of his closest colleagues in later life, Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann, aims to show what kind of a person Einstein was. By a series of quotations from letters, jottings and unpublished documents, for example, Dukas and Hoffmann demonstrate as clearly as anybody could expect that Einstein was a courteous, kindly, witty, fearless and lonely man.... It is a bedside book."--Washington Post Book World

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was born in Germany and became an American citizen in 1940. A world-famous theoretical physicist, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics and is renowned for his Theory of Relativity. In addition to his scientific work, Einstein was an influential humanist who spoke widely about politics, ethics, and social causes. After leaving Europe, Einstein taught at Princeton University. His theories were instrumental in shaping the atomic age.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 25, 2005
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Einstein's longtime secretary (1928-1955) Helen Dukas and Professor Banesh Hoffman who together had written a biography of Einstein here collect some of his correspondance, his very humane replies on a great variety of subjects.

The work is small but it does reveal Einstein's character. His humor and modesty and wisdom are everywhere in evidence. Einstein's writing often has an aphoristic quality, and there are many memorable sayings in the work.

A small sample of them follow:

" As for the search for truth ,I know from my own painful searching , with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, towards the understanding of that which is truly significant."

"With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course, is a very common phenomenon. There is far too great a disproportion between what one is, and what others think one is, or at least what they say they think one is.But one has to take it all with good humor"

"Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science. If what is seen and experienced is portrayed in the language of logic, we are engaged in science. If it is communicated through forms whose connections are not accessible to the conscious mind but recognized intuitively as meaningful ,then we are engaged in art.Common to both is the loving devotion to that which transcends personal concern and volition."

This volume touches upon many sides of Einstein, his humanitarianism, devotion to peace, his Zionism, his sense of the beauty that is to be revealed through the objective understanding of the universe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Writetrak on January 26, 2009
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With its brief 115 pages of social commentary and personal glimpses from his archives (and accompanying 46 pages in the original German) as selected by two of his closest associates-Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, we get a better and at times an amazingly modest look into the everyday mind of Albert Einstein.
This is a quick read and one that will keep you nodding and smiling at the wisdom, humor, and social grace contained in its painfully few pages. From science we know his sense of genius, even if and when we don't readily understand the complexity of his theories. But with this book we get some timeless eloquence that holds up well today.
A brilliant scientist is able to dissect the secret workings of the universe while the gifted philosopher looks at the fragments of being and tries to make some sense of it all. With Albert Einstein we were fortunate enough to have gotten both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Hernandez VINE VOICE on February 14, 2011
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Albert Einstein, the Human Side: New Glimpses from His Archives is an excellent, slim little pocket volume of Einstein's correspondence to all and sundry. It is a necessary book to keep at hand in any library - for here, we read in Einstein's own words his ideas and his compassion for others.

The work is well organized and carefully selected from an unbelievable archive, and it is no wonder that Einstein's secretary and literary executrix Helen Dukas, with the help of Einstein's colleague Banesh Hoffman, gave us this precious gift of Einstein's personal letters to admirers all over the world.
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I enjoyed this and have often just picked it up to read a few pages here or there and ponder.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlene C. Hsu on February 12, 2007
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It is so good now I want to buy his biography!
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