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As a scientist, Albert Einstein is undoubtedly the most epic among 20th-century thinkers. Albert Einstein as a man, however, has been a much harder portrait to paint, and what we know of him as a husband, father, and friend is fragmentary at best. With Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson (author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Kissinger) brings Einstein's experience of life, love, and intellectual discovery into brilliant focus. The book is the first biography to tackle Einstein's enormous volume of personal correspondence that heretofore had been sealed from the public, and it's hard to imagine another book that could do such a richly textured and complicated life as Einstein's the same thoughtful justice. Isaacson is a master of the form and this latest opus is at once arresting and wonderfully revelatory. --Anne Bartholomew
Read "The Light-Beam Rider," the first chapter of Walter Isaacson's Einstein: His Life and Universe.
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Acclaimed biographer Isaacson examines the remarkable life of "science's preeminent poster boy" in this lucid account (after 2003's Benjamin Franklin and 1992's Kissinger). Contrary to popular myth, the German-Jewish schoolboy Albert Einstein not only excelled in math, he mastered calculus before he was 15. Young Albert's dislike for rote learning, however, led him to compare his teachers to "drill sergeants." That antipathy was symptomatic of Einstein's love of individual and intellectual freedom, beliefs the author revisits as he relates his subject's life and work in the context of world and political events that shaped both, from WWI and II and their aftermath through the Cold War. Isaacson presents Einstein's research—his efforts to understand space and time, resulting in four extraordinary papers in 1905 that introduced the world to special relativity, and his later work on unified field theory—without equations and for the general reader. Isaacson focuses more on Einstein the man: charismatic and passionate, often careless about personal affairs; outspoken and unapologetic about his belief that no one should have to give up personal freedoms to support a state. Fifty years after his death, Isaacson reminds us why Einstein (1879–1955) remains one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century. 500,000 firsr printing, 20-city author tour, first serial to Time; confirmed appearance on Good Morning America. (Apr.)
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The books content is split almost evenly between Einstein's life as a physicist and that of human being and citizen. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Learned a lot about an interesting person. Nice change from fiction. I would recommend.Published 2 days ago by Maun Flanagan
This is a fascinating book and Isaacson's writing is superb. It needs to be read slowly and thoughtfully. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Susan Wayo
Great insight in the life of Einstein by one of the great writers.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful insight into the life and mind of an imperfect, brillant human being. A great book for history buffs who do not mind blogging through spasms of physics dissertations.Published 16 days ago by DONALD ENSWORTH
Listened to this book on Audible. Well-researched and beautifully written (and narrated).Published 28 days ago by Ingrid
Fantastic writing style for this unique life. I enjoyed the study and journey created by Walter Isaacson.Published 1 month ago by J.N.
Amazing details, unbelieveable research and documentation. Above average mathematics knowledge will make this more interesting. Quite slow moving,Published 1 month ago by Robert Benefiel