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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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