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Initial post: Sep 18, 2007 11:16:16 AM PDT
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happy reader says:
Reading Walter Isaacson's Einstein, brought me a broader view of the world in reference to the cosmos. His story of Einstein showed us life can be lived in such a wonderfully meaningful way beyond all the material hunts; plus Isaacson's depicting style - elegantly simple and clear with light humor - is enjoyable all the time. As a bilingual I nener feel such an enchanted appreciation of English language owing all to his nice work! Anyway thanks, Mr. Isaacson for giving us such a great book of an ever admired great personality.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2007 9:25:58 PM PST
I agree with you. I found this book highly readable and most enjoyable - I could hardly put it down. In 45 years I have read many of the books that have been published on Einstein and relativity, and this is right up there with the best for explaining Einstein and his theories to the non-scientific. I am particularly recommending this book to friends and relatives who are not scientists.

I have a few very very minor criticisms, e.g.

Footnote on page 108: Earth's rotational speed of 1,040 mph is only true at the equator.

Electricity travels through wires at the speed of light, but it may well be worth pointing out that the electrons asscoiated with the electric current don't: in fact they move incredibly slowly (~ mm/s!). This is very well explained in A.P. French's textbook "Special Relativity", which is one of the best mathematical/scientific texts available on special relativity. Curiously that excellent MIT textbook is not in Walter Isaacson's reference list.

Anyway, many thanks Walter Isaacson for a wonderful book!
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Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (Hardcover - April 10, 2007)
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