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My Einstein: Essays by the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy

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Albert Einstein’s bold mark on our understanding of the world, which has persisted now for more than a century, shows no sign of fading. On the contrary, Einstein and his work promise to inspire, enlighten, and confound us for decades indeed, for centuries, to come.

In this fascinating volume, today’s foremost scientists discuss their own versions and visions of Einstein: how he has influenced their worldviews, their ideas, their science, and their professional and personal lives. These twenty-four essays are a testament to the power of scientific legacy and are essential reading for scientist and layperson alike.

Contributors include:

• Roger Highfield on the Einstein myth

• John Archibald Wheeler on his meetings with Einstein

• Gino C. Segrè, Lee Smolin, and Anton Zeilinger on Einstein’s difficulties with quantum theory

• Leon M. Lederman on the special theory of relativity

• Frank J. Tipler on why Einstein should be seen as a scientific reactionary rather than a scientific revolutionary

Review:

"For 'generations of ambitious young Jewish kids like me,' observes Lawrence M. Krauss, Albert Einstein provided the inspiration to pursue the study of theoretical physics. Several of these scientists share their thoughts in an anthology edited by Brockman, a literary agent and editor of popularizing science books (What We Believe but Cannot Prove). But not every contributor is a physicist, and not every piece relates directly to Einstein: historian George Dyson (son of physicist Freeman Dyson) was babysat by the great man's personal secretary, while New York Times science writer George Johnson looks back at the books that introduced him to relativity. For some, Einstein looms as an iconic figure, while others actually met Einstein during his later years at Princeton. The overall tone is respectful, even reverential. The Einstein who emerges possesses no surprising characteristics, making the book seem a light afterthought to a year of celebrating 2005 as the centenary of Einstein's world-changing papers on relativity. (July 25) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

A testament to the lasting influence of Einstein, this volume collects individual experiences and visions of Einstein from 24 leading scientists. The essays include a discussion of the Einstein myth by Roger Highfield, science editor of the Daily Telegraph; an analysis of Einstein's use of the word "God" by Corey Powell, senior editor of Discover and New York University professor of science writing; and an argument that Einstein was a scientific reactionary by Frank Tipler, Tulane U. professor of mathematical physics.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

A testament to the lasting influence of Einstein, this volume collects individual experiences and visions of Einstein from 24 leading scientists. The essays include a discussion of the Einstein myth by Roger Highfield, science editor of the Daily Telegraph; an analysis of Einstein's use of the word "God" by Corey Powell, senior editor of Discover and New York University professor of science writing; and an argument that Einstein was a scientific reactionary by Frank Tipler, Tulane U. professor of mathematical physics. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Introduction by John Brockman

ROGER HIGHFIELD

Einstein When Hes at Home

GINO C. SEGRÉ

The Freest Man

JOHN ARCHIBALD WHEELER

Mentor and Sounding Board

GEORGE F. SMOOT

My Einstein Suspenders

LEON M. LEDERMAN

Einstein, Moe, and Joe

CHARLES SEIFE

The True and the Absurd

FRANK J. TIPLER

Albert Einstein: A Scientific Reactionary

GEORGE DYSON

Helen Dukas: Einsteins Compass

COREY S. POWELL

My Three Einsteins

LEE SMOLIN

In Search of Einstein

ANTON ZEILINGER

Einstein and Absolute Reality

STEVEN STROGATZ

A Walk Down Mercer Street

PETER GALISON

Things and Thoughts

JEREMY BERNSTEIN

Childe Bernstein to Relativity Came

GEORGE JOHNSON

The Books in the Basement

LEONARD SUSSKIND

How He Thought

JANNA LEVIN

Toward a Moving Train

MARCELO GLEISER

Einsteins Tie

ROCKY KOLB

The Greatest Discovery Einstein Didnt Make

RICHARD A. MULLER

The Gift of Time

PAUL C. W. DAVIES

Flying Apart

LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS

Einstein in the Twilight Zone

PAUL J. STEINHARDT

No Beginning and No End

MARIA SPIROPULU

Where Is Einstein?

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375423451
Subtitle:
Essays by Twenty-four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy
Author:
Brockman, John
Editor:
Brockman, John, Ed.
Editor:
Brockman, John, Ed.
Author:
edited by John Brockman
Author:
Brockman, John, Ed.
Publisher:
Pantheon
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Essays
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.80x5.40x.99 in. .76 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "For 'generations of ambitious young Jewish kids like me,' observes Lawrence M. Krauss, Albert Einstein provided the inspiration to pursue the study of theoretical physics. Several of these scientists share their thoughts in an anthology edited by Brockman, a literary agent and editor of popularizing science books (What We Believe but Cannot Prove). But not every contributor is a physicist, and not every piece relates directly to Einstein: historian George Dyson (son of physicist Freeman Dyson) was babysat by the great man's personal secretary, while New York Times science writer George Johnson looks back at the books that introduced him to relativity. For some, Einstein looms as an iconic figure, while others actually met Einstein during his later years at Princeton. The overall tone is respectful, even reverential. The Einstein who emerges possesses no surprising characteristics, making the book seem a light afterthought to a year of celebrating 2005 as the centenary of Einstein's world-changing papers on relativity. (July 25) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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