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Albert Einstein was undoubtedly the most famous and revolutionary scientist of the 20th Century, known especially for his special and general theories of relativity, his explanation of the photoelectric effect, his realization that matter could be converted into immense amounts of energy, and his studies in cosmology. But he also had wide-ranging beliefs about politics and social affairs. This book, now available as a Kindle e-book, is a collection of 43 essays and talks that were written for specific occasions. They cover a variety of topics that interested him and in several cases provide useful lessons for our own time.
The first part of the collection, through Essay 20, is concerned with pre- and post-World War II concerns. Einstein, himself a lifelong pacifist, argued for a world government that shared a common pool of armaments and was capable of keeping the peace among fractious national governments. He didn't think that the United Nations, as constituted with a Security Council and permanent-member veto power was going to work in the long run. He recommended a world government where delegates were directly elected by the people on a proportional basis. He recognized the great danger of atomic and nuclear weapons and advocated their strict control by the world government.
In politics, Einstein was a socialist and strongly advocated for such things as a planned economy, free education at all levels, and regulation of capitalist ventures. Today, he would be branded a Marxist, but he disapproved of the Soviet system as being too rigid and corrupt.
He advocated an active role for scientists in society and that science should help to shape government policies.Read more ›
As written in another review, this is divided into broad subject matters. I had to smile at the more political writings since they read like the current Occupiers: the biggest problem with the US is that the majority of the economic power is in the hands of a very small percentage of the people.
I had 2 problems. Since this is a Kindle book I couldn't easily jump back to the bibliography as I started each new essay. I was always curious about the date and circumstance. On a rare occasion it was included in the text, but most of the time I had to guess. The other problem is there was a lot of repetition. The writings came from different sources - he often said pretty much the same thing but aimed at different people.
OK, those are very minor problems. Over all I found the essays fascinating. Einstein was a very good writer and these essays were easy to read yet put a lot of information in their few words. Highly recommended as a way to see a different side of Einstein.
This 1950 book contains 43 essays written by Einstein on a wide variety of subjects, such as: Why Socialism?; Towards a World Government; Science and Civilization; A Message to Intellectuals; Atomic War or Peace; The Menace of Mass Destruction; On Military Service; International Security; Mahatma Gandhi; Why Do They Hate the Jews?; The Goal of Human Existence; Our Debt to Zionism; The Calling of the Jews; The Jews of Israel, etc.
He wrote, "Science, however, cannot create ends and, even less, instill them in human beings; science, at most, can supply the means by which to attain certain ends." (Pg. 2) He suggests, "Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society." (Pg. 5)
He observes, "Reason, of course, is weak, when measured against its never-ending task. Weak, indeed, compared with the follies and passions of mankind, which, we must admit, almost entirely control our human destinies, in great things and small. Yet the works of the understanding outlast the noisy bustling generations and spread light and warmth across the centuries." (Pg.Read more ›
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If you didn't know better, you would think some of these essays were written today and not 70 years ago.Published 2 months ago by James Kuhn
Einstein had a big heart for mankind and man's desire to improve the world around him. He also had some very interesting friends.Published 7 months ago by Im4Jesus2
It is a top book to read. I give it five stars. We were lucky to have such a brilliant person here and to read about him. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rona B.
I think this book should be required reading for every member of congress!Published 9 months ago by shirley hooker
Many of the essays seem way beyond their time, at the same time some are highly relevant in today"s socio-economic environment. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Brachmann
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