- Series: Plume
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Plume (May 1, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452261937
- ISBN-13: 978-0452261938
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel (Plume) Paperback – May 1, 1973
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is chock-full of photographs. Three portraits hung on the walls of Einstein's study - Newton, Maxwell and Faraday. Three major influences on his scientific thinking.
My copy of this book is an old 1975 edition. It is as dog-eared as its owner.
Banesh Hoffmann proves to be a talented teacher. He sometimes has an almost poetic style of writing. It makes for a good style of instruction. Relativity, the Special and the General Theories are clearly outlined.
The book is produced with the collaboration of Helen Dukas. As the loyal secretary, she was not going to spill the beans with any inconvenient truths. She helped ensure any skeletons remained firmly locked in their cabinets. In short, be aware that the ugly bits are left out. The book passed the sanitation tests of Otto Nathan and Dukas.
They needn't have worried on that score. Hoffmann is a safe pair of hands. And Einstein was a human being - just like the rest of us.
Despite the omissions, I am very fond of this book. But I like to think that I am aware of its limitations too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had previously read "Surfaces and Essences" by Hofstadter and Sander, which used many examples of how Einstein (and other physicists) used physical analogy to suggest possible... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by J. Gwinn
The math (even conceptually) is often beyond me. Regardless the author does an excellent job of putting it all into context so that even I could get a glimpse of the beauty of... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Ericd
I read Henrique Flemming's and John Rummel's excellent reviews of the biography Creator and Rebel, Albert Einstein by Banesh Hoffman and Helen Dukas, published in 1972. Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Tensor1