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Einstein in Love: A Scientific Romance Paperback – October 1, 2001
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Dennis Overbye has answered that question with a resounding "patience, patience..." Overbye has indeed been busy. For the last several years, he has spent considerable time with a dozen or so scholars who are pouring over the Einstein papers - a vast repository of personal documents that had been tied up in legal limbo since Einstein's death in 1955. As this material is slowly and deliberately digested by scholars, a much more personal picture of the man is emerging - a portrait beautifully captured by Overbye in this effort.
Overbye's book "Einstein in Love" is a stunning follow-on to his earlier work, this one focusing on a single individual - the most famous scientist who ever lived. It fully captures his relationships with family and friends. Besso, Solovine, Habicht, Grossman, Mileva - his first wife and the mother of his 3 children - all come to life within these pages. Overbye documents the mysterious disappearance of his first child, the daughter Lieserl, but doesn't attempt to solve it.
There is no shortage of biographical and popular scientific books on Einstein and relativity. Overbye sets his latest effort apart from the pack with an unprecedented personal look into the life of the young Einstein as can only be achieved with the wealth of personal correspondence available in the Einstein papers. Overbye's writing style is almost poetic.Read more ›
There is a wealth of detail describing and chronicling Einstein's life as he struggled with the creation of the momentous scientific discoveries that were to make him famous, especially the long and difficult path to his final solution for the General Relativity problem. Along with this, you get a detailed look even into his personal day-to-day life, learning about his friends, scientific associates, and even his loves. Einstein is no longer a towering, remote intellect plumbing the depths and secrets of the universe in cloistered solitude; Overbye's account displays Einstein's very human side also, showing him to be a man of his times, often with Bohemian and avant-garde personal, social, and political ideas. For example, Overbye mentions how Einstein and his first wife, Mileva, had their first baby out of wedlock, and subsequently married. And the dark side of Einstein's personal life, the unhappy ending to his first marriage and his often careless dealings with the women in his life, don't escape Overbye's purview.
But don't be misled by the title, it's not just about Einstein's sometimes checkered love-life (although he did have more romantic dalliances than I would have expected); Overbye also does an excellent job of presenting Einstein's most important ideas, including a good explanation of the special and general theory of relativity.Read more ›
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As a speaker at the 1918 symposium held at the German Physics Society in honour of Max Plank's 60th Birthday, Albert Einstein, argued that science was an emotional, not a logical... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alan Goodwin
It is obvious that Dennis Overbye worked very hard on this book. But that’s exactly the problem; although he’s gone through reams of source material, visited the sites Einstein... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Friedman
I have really enjoyed reading it. It is clear the author knows Einstein, better than any other book on him I have read.Published on September 14, 2013 by Sharon Rabi
A look into Einstein's personal life and his first and second marriages. His personal life was not as successful and his scientific studies.Published on August 30, 2013 by Mulberry 23
After reading the love letters written between Einstein and Mileva, how could I pass this book up? Reading it garners insight into two of the premier minds and hearts of science. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Leslie Drucker
This book starts off dry and doesn't really get anything going for about 100 pages. Boring book. The purchase experience was great though.Published on March 31, 2010 by A. Badhwar
Overbye(O) has done his homework with just one minor slip .The result is an excellent overview of the real Einstein. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by Michael Emmett Brady
In this book, Dennis Overbye contributes important history to the already crowded canon on Einstein. Read morePublished on December 15, 2006 by Dr. Marc Mayerson