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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr (September 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691026963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691026961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Quotable Einstein is a complete compendium of quotes from the great physicist, organized thematically, usefully indexed, and thorough in its inclusion and documentation of attributed material, sources, and dates. As a resource for the Einstein scholar or hardcore fan, The Quotable Einstein will prove invaluable. As a book for browsing, it puts the profound thoughts of Einstein on topics scientific and spiritual beside the mundane mutterings of any normal biped. This juxtaposition emphasizes both the man's unique genius and his common humanity.

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Alice Calaprice, the in-house editor for Princeton's Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, began working with the Einstein archives in 1978. As the years went by, she found herself enamoured of certain quotes and began keeping an index-card file of those excerpts. After arranging them by subject, carefully researching their sources and adding the words of "others on Einstein," she has compiled The Quotable Einstein. "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind," he said in 1921, before most of the world recognized it. But not everything was quite so lofty: "To obtain an assured favorable response from people," he wrote to a chocolate manufacturer in 1954, "it is better to offer them something for their stomachs rather than their brains."
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Katie (k8enmatt@aol.com) on August 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I think Einstein is the most fabulous man of all times, and his personality always continues to baffle me. He is anything but predictable, and if you think he is the very dry, overly technical, personification of a science nerd and crazy genius, you are WRONG.
Get to know Al personally with this book; I promise you won't have any regrets. I admire Einstein wholeheartedly, and I have been an Einstein enthusiast since 1990. When other teens' rooms were plastered with posters of cute furry kitty cats and teen heartthrobs, my room was plastered with photos and posters of Einstein. Not because I was, by any means, the nerdy science-type or an astrophysics enthusiast, but merely because "to know Albert Einstein is to love him." He has a great personality, and it is my sincere hope that the world will come to know as the goofy guy he really was.
It also serves to remind me of the great men and women who were tragically lost in the Holocaust. Where would this world be had Albert Einstein died in a concentration camp? We must never forget.
In summary, my favorite Einstein quote... "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." Viva Einstein!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
To think that, quite possibly the worlds greatest mind, was delivered to the world in such a wonderfully absurd package is truly fantastic. This book is a great way to introduce yourself to the personal points of view of one of the worlds truly great men. A collection of insights and observations, which were more often than not, a surprise.
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By Pat Rhoads on February 20, 2014
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A very human, less mind boggling side of Einstein... his genius comes out in everyday observations... Also, the service was great. On time, good condition, all as promised. Thank you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Pehnec on September 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The quickest and best way I've found to counter those who say, "I think Einstein said...". Full of insights into the mind of good ol' Albert.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on February 26, 2013
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Not impressed with this compilation. Don't bother, you can do better googling the internet. I don't think Einstein would be impressed.
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