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Product Details

  • Series: Life in Science
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271463
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,345,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A study of Einstein's life and accomplishments from the authors of Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This biography of Einstein, by the authors of Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science ( LJ 5/1/92), provides both an insightful and well-balanced portrait of the man as well as clearly explained analyses of his scientific contributions. Well researched, it includes a reference to other works about Einstein, extensive notes, and a thorough index. The paradoxical or seemingly contradictory characteristics that Einstein embodies are objectively considered and placed in perspective. Likewise, given the technical credentials of the authors, Einstein's scientific output and its effect on the scientific community are thoroughly evaluated. An enjoyable and educational book to read.
- Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A good real, all in all.
R. Steins
Was Einstein great because he was eccentric, or eccentric because he was great?
Mr P R Morgan
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science at all.
J. Snell

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blessed on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
The authors attempted to present both the personal life and scientific acheivments of Albert Einstein. I thought they did very well with the first but struggled with the latter. At the expense of a simple and equation-less presentation, many concepts were left unclear and not properly explained. In many parts, Gribbin and White just try to weasel themselves out from the tough subjects by just stating that they're complex, as if to say it's the subject's fault not theirs for the non-clarity. Surely concepts of relativity and quantum physics can be obscure, but other writers made much better attempts at explaining them to the general public.

I'm giving it four stars for the great account of Einstein's life. For a good equation-free explanation of relativity, I highly recommend Lewis C. Epstein's Relativity Visualized. As for quantum physics, I cannot recommend this book more: David Lindley's Where Does the Weirdness Go: Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange, but Not As Strange As You Think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Snell on April 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Einstein: A life in Science is a biography that covers Albert Einstein's entire life and his entire life's work. It explains his scientific papers in an easy way that everyone can understand. Einstein was born in 1879 in Germany into an intellectual family. His parents had a great influence on him at a young age by encouraging him to think freely. As a young boy, Einstein did not have much success in school because his school's strict rote system clashed with his own learning techniques. He often disrespected the teachers and was eventually expelled from his school. At about the age of 14 Einstein completely rebelled against his own country and faith. He left Germany and decided that he did not want to Jewish anymore. His parents approved him for they were not especially religious either. He finished high school in Switzerland where his family had moved and then planned on owing to college but was not accepted at first. The next year he was more prepared for the entrance exams and passed with flying colors. College was a time in which Einstein had a lot of time to discuss his ideas about the world with professors and fellow students. At the age of 21 Einstein published his first paper which was on the surface of liquids. He got little recognition for any of his papers until 1905 when he began doing important work with light and with particle motion. His general theory of relativity made him the most famous scientist in the world after he published it in 1916. This theory still lives on as the best general description of gravity. Einstein's work influenced everyone in the field of science and still does.

The authors were interested in writing this story because they wanted to let people see inside the head of the greatest thinker of the 20th century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean on April 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book Einstein: A Life in Science provides a great recollection and explanation for the importance of one of the greatest scientists in the 20th century: Albert Einstein. The book covers many topics such as the influences/inspirations that prompted Einstein in his work, how his ideas refuted contemporary ideas of his time, the adversities he had to overcome in developing his theories, and how Einstein's theories were carried into the 21st century. The reader will be taken into the world in which Einstein lived: his childhood experiences that initiated his obsession with science, his amazing ability to form insightful concepts despite lack of resources to help him, and how war ultimately affected Einstein and vice versa. In addition to elucidating Einstein's landmark contributions to physics, the reader will learn of the twists and turnings of his life, which was wracked by the tumultuous history of Einstein's time period. The main goal for the writing of this book is really to present Albert Einstein as more than just the archetypal absent-minded scientist, but also as a peace campaigner and Zionist sympathizer. As the authors say: "We hope that with this account, the reader will see all the faces of Albert Einstein, a man as complex in personality as the theories he gave the world."
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