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Einstein: The Life of a Genius Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 3, 2009
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"This is a brilliant intellectual tapestry -- and a great read. Skillfully weaving Einstein's revolutionary scientific achievements, his prolific political initiatives, his complex personal life, and his fascinating personality, Isaacson has transformed the transformer of the twentieth century into a beacon for the twenty-first century." --Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor of "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer," winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Albert Einstein is synonymous with genius. From his remarkable theory of relativity and the famous equation E=mc2 to his concept of a unified field theory, no one has contributed as much to science in the last century.
As well as showing how Einstein developed his theories, Einstein reveals the man behind the science, from his early years and experiments in Germany and his struggle to find work at the Swiss patent office to his marriages and children, his role in the development of the atomic bomb, and his work for civil rights groups in the United States.
Drawing on new research and personal documents belonging to Einstein only recently made available, this book also includes items of rare facsimile memorabilia, to show you more than this scientist's groundbreaking theories.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In addition to the book, it is a collection of primary source materials-- letters, post cards, notes, receipts, and so forth. Not originals of course but nice copies. So you have not only a book but a collection of the types of items that a someone might save if they were documenting the life of another.
I also bought this biography because of the dedication of the author to his later book on Jobs.
I bought it to have something good looking and engaging in my office guest area. I prefer to leave brain food lying about rather than garbage like the pop magazines. This book is a huge hit, people pick it up to look at the photos and the drawings and then get completely engrossed in the text. It is extremely well put together and immediately draws people into the rich story of this mans life and impact.
The only downside is that I keep having to rescue the book. People like it so much that they take it back to their desks. :)
This one was fairly typical of the style, with fixed pages throughout and with added pockets containing pictures, documents, postcards, newspaper articles etc. However this book also had many artifacts that were carefully taped onto the pages so that the reader could unfold them without removing them from the book. This is a little different than most books of this kind. This way documents stay on the page their meant to be on and don't get lost as easy. Is this good or bad? You decide. The graphics are also more subtle than many other books of this type. Less bright color, plenty of call out boxes with text and graphics lending itself to a more serious look.
It covers not only the work that Einstein did early in his life with Relativity and THE BOMB but also his work with Civil Rights, Israel, and McCarthyism. From his birth to his death and some of the more interesting time in-between. Very nicely done for a subject that can be somewhat dry.
The charming photographs are spoiled by the sloppy, garish presentation that gives the book the appearance of a cheap tabloid. This is a disgraceful offense on the centenary of the publication of the field equations of general relativity.