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Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture Hardcover – April 21, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691135207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691135205
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book makes an entertaining, engaging and informative effort to tackle a notoriously difficult topic: Albert Einstein's influence on society and culture. . . . [The book] give[s] a rather balanced and authoritative portrayal of the man and his cultural context, while drawing attention to several entertaining sidelights of his life and career."--Daniel Kennefick, American Scientist

"This lovely compendium of essays on Einstein's cultural impact is as stunning in its breadth as Einstein was in his science. Among the book's contributors are such luminaries as Lisa Randall and E.L. Doctorow. Browsing through this book is like eavesdropping on the reminiscences of great artists, novelists, historians, and scientists as they discuss their favorite old teachers. How remarkable, then, that they are all discussing the same man."--Seed Magazine

"Books on Einstein are scarcely in short supply but much of this collection feels fresh, probably because, astonishingly, Einstein's work is still, at the forefront of physics. But it's also because his life touched so many worlds outside science, including nuclear weapons, Nazi Germany, Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict, civil rights and the arts."--Andrew Robinson, Financial Times

"A remarkable volume. . . . At turns illuminating and disorientating, this is a book that I can recommend to all those interested in that eternal enigma, Albert Einstein."--Brian Foster, Physics World

"There are many books written about Einstein, but this is one of the most important that this reviewer has ever read. This work clearly articulates the complex nature of this man, his thought, and this overwhelming influence on the cultural identity of much of the world, even though it has been over 50 years since his death."--G. D. Oberle III, Choice

"The book is correctly advertised as speaking 'to everyone with an interest' in Einstein's work; it makes a wonderful gift. It also marks the way toward a gradual transformation of Albert Einstein as he lived into the Mythos Einstein."--Hubert Goenner, Journal for the History of Astronomy

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"A stellar array of twenty historians and philosophers, artists and scientists, and writers and critics has contributed to this fascinating examination of Albert Einstein's legacy and its relevance for our times. We are presented with a multifaceted, interpretive effort to understand in novel terms Einstein's science, music, and politics, his relationship to God and aesthetics, and his unusual position at the divide between a now-vanished world and a future that will surely retain deep traces of his unique contributions and personality."--Diana K. Buchwald, Einstein Papers Project, Caltech

"Whether serendipitously or by design, many of us have found ourselves involved in some aspect of Einstein's multifaceted legacy. This far-reaching volume of personal essays clarifies why Einstein's persona has been so seductive and so meaningful to us all."--Alice Calaprice, editor of The New Quotable Einstein

"Here is the complete Einstein: the physicist, whose many insights and achievements persist at the forefront of modern science; the man, who remained idealistic, philosophically minded, and politically engaged throughout his life; and the iconic visionary, who continues to inspire individual creativity. This is a generous book, rich with detail."--Tony Robbin, author of Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought

"Einstein for the 21st Century is accessible to a broad readership and attractive because its distinguished authors, all experts in their disciplines, cover a very large intellectual space. There are so many fine and interesting contributions that there is something for nearly every potential reader."--Helge Kragh, University of Aarhus, Denmark

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Dynes on March 25, 2009
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The essays in this collection are exceptionally wide ranging, and only occasionally daunting for technical reasons. The title is fully justified. As an art historian I particularly appreciated the essays on modern art and its somewhat complex relation to Einstein.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter V. Cicha on October 29, 2009
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This exceptional book about the legacy of Albert Einstein is a must for anyone who seriously wants to understand the great man's profound and varied gifts to our world. It is a collection of 20 highly diverse and brilliantly written essays by world-class scholars from six countries, based on the lectures they gave during a gathering in Berlin in 2005 to celebrate the centenary of Albert Einstein's Annus Mirabilis.

Tomorrow I will be giving my 16th public lecture on Albert Einstein's legacy -- a labor of love since 2004 -- and am exceptionally grateful that I discovered this book last year in the world-class science library at the California Institute of Technology. I previously believed that I was an "Einstein expert," but this unique book proved otherwise.
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