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Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words [Kindle Edition]

Albert Einstein
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An inspiring collection of essays, in which Albert Einstein addresses the topics that fascinated him as a scientist, philosopher, and humanitarian

Divided by subject matter—“Science,” “Convictions and Beliefs,” “Public Affairs,” etc.—these essays consider everything from the need for a “supranational” governing body to control war in the atomic age, to freedom in research and education, to Jewish history and Zionism, to explanations of the physics and scientific thought that brought him world recognition. Throughout, Einstein’s clear, eloquent voice presents an idealist’s vision and relays complex theories to the layperson.
Einstein’s essays share his philosophical beliefs, scientific reasoning, and hopes for a brighter future, and show how one of the greatest minds of all time fully engaged with the changing world around him.
This authorized Philosophical Library ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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“Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.” —Albert Einstein, “The Law of Science and the Laws of Ethics”

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Albert Einstein, among the greatest scientists of all time, was also a man of profound thought and deeply humane feelings. His collected essays offer a fascinating and moving look at one of the twentieth century's leading minds.

Covering a fifteen year period from 1934 to 1950, the contents of this book have been drawn from Einstein's articles, addresses, letters and assorted papers. Through his words, you can understand the man and gain his insight on social, religious, and educational issues.

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  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453204938
  • Publisher: Philosophical Library/Open Road (March 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9U0L0
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Travel, Quick Reads March 23, 2000
Out of my Later Years is a collection of Einstein's speeches and articles covering not just physics but his thoughts on the social condition of man, of Jews, and of war as well as several speeches about the likes of Max Planck, Mahatma Gandhi, and Marie Curie.
As letters and speeches, these are written as the ordinary man that Einstein once was - very easy to read and understand. Even some of the physics lectures are understandable. Each is relatively short making this perfect for when you want to read something of substance but don't have much time.
The sections on Public Affairs are especially haunting as Einstein presents his arguments for the "global village" and advocated someting akin to the current U.N. - things that began to come into their own after his passing. In particular, there is an interchange between him and a group of Communist scientists that underlines the Cold War tension in its height and is a chilling read now in the Post Soviet Union age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essays of the last fifteen years June 26, 2005
This volume collects essays of the last fifteen years of his life. The work has sections on 'Convictions and Beliefs' 'Science and Life' ' Public Affairs' ' Personalities' and 'His own people: The Jews"

The work features expositions of some of Einstein's major scientific work.

Among the personalities written about are Gandhi who Einstein greatly admires, Newton, Kepler, Planck, Madame Curie, Langevin, and lesser known figures Paul Ehrenfest,Carl von Ossietsky.

Einstein writes much about the terrible changes in Germany he saw in his own lifetime, the rise of Nazism and Anti- Semitism.

He writes about the creation of a national homeland for the Jews, his own Zionism, and his own connection with the Jewish people.

He writes too about his conception of world- peace, about the threat to the world brought about something he is no small part a contributor to, the harnessing of the atom.

In writing about himself in the opening section of the work he says, "I do the thing which my own nature drives me to do. It is embarassing to earn so much love and respect for it."

He celebrates the life of thought , of the solitary individual .

Einstein is the greatest modern example of Keynes dictum of how it is 'ideas' that change the world. He is the example of how one man alone , thinking, transformed our understanding of nature, and our power to change it.

In these essays the main interests of Einstein's life are touched upon. He writes with clarity and modesty.

An invaluable opportunity to be in touch with ' the Mind that defined an Age'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Einstein- candid & prophetic December 20, 2011
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The man is a hero for me & source of inspiration. To read his musings & heartfelt beliefs is a real treat! He was a straightforward, humble man... one can almost forget how his theorems changed the way we see the world. Reading he concerns for what one should strive for, feels like being in a parlor talking with your favorite grandfather. And you're old enough to enjoy the wisdom of what he has to say. I got this on kindle because my old battered paperback is falling apart. You'll want to return to this again & again!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As poignant and nostalgic as the man himself May 29, 2001
By Mr. Ed
I bought this book in my early twenties still unsure of what to do with my life but at least certain of the fundamentals and morals with which one should follow. Einsteins prose on life, morality, religion, science, personalities are words which echo the wisdom of many years and the experiences which have shaped them. Now, 7 years later, I pick up this book, and am reminded of a man who knew that the future is uncertain, but with the the search for truth and compassion, it could be a great place.
This book is a great read - I admire how a man who's thoughts were so complicated, yet simple at the same time. He did not forget where he came from , nor forgot that which is truly significant. And that which drives humanity is not in the theories of relativity, but in our simple acts of humanity.
This book encompasses an era of 1934 - 1950, yet its prose is timeless - even now! Occum's razor wuld be proud.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much better book than The world as I see it May 28, 2012
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Got this book and the book "the world as I see it" and this is the book to get, skip "the world as I see it" as it is full of scanning errors or typos, that interupt the text to the point of absurdity. This book is wonderful in either hardback or paperback (I have both) and will be something you can enjoy for years....I highly recommend this book to those who wish to understand Einsteins philsophical views on life and liberty.
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Einstein was not just a famous scientist. As this book reveals, he was also a profound and well-written author. The essays in this collection are enlightening, easily understood, and brief but to the point. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this work December 12, 2012
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It has been inspirational to read words written by Einstein himself and see how he thought about various topics. He was obviously much more than just a scientist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great philosophy November 23, 2012
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This book shows me a person (Einstein) that has spent much time thinking about life and people. I would have loved to have been able to have a conversation with him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Einstein's comments are always funny, direct and enjoyable
Einstein's comments are always funny, direct and enjoyable. however in this book he is very serious. Read more
Published 9 months ago by richard ware
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book to start
Nice to get some thought on a great mind in an easy language. It, as should be, had moment well beyond the non science thought process.
Published 17 months ago by Richard Roerig
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This little book has some very interesting essays. I especially enjoyed reading Einstein's thoughts on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lindawill?w
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Beyond Physics......A Must Read for any Thinker.....
Einstein must have been a very lonely man....While he was alive there were few people intelligent enough to share his ideas with... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Funny Happened to Him on the Way to Speak
I enjoyed his analysis of past and present culture. The book also includes a short biography of Einstein (it is NOT exhaustive).
Published 18 months ago by Laura A. Bagby
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientist and Moralist
This book could have been written today. It addresses the problems and issues that confront modern society. If only Einstein's genius were available to us right now!
Published 18 months ago by mariebprescott
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was wanting .
It was way over my head. Like I was reading a German but didn't know how. Was thinking it would be a more down to earth about his life, not his theories. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paula Kavalin
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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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