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Einstein: His Life and Universe

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In preparing this engaging biography of the world's most famous smart guy, Isaacson enlisted the aid of several physicists including Murray Gell-Mann, Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, and Douglas Stone. As a result, this is much more than an "Einstein slept here" biography; it is an exploration of his influences and contributions to physics, all placed within the context of the times Einstein lived in. Isaacson also made use of newly opened archives, yielding a more complete picture of Einstein than was available to previous biographers. If you have already read an Einstein biography or two, or have even read a few popular books on relativity, don't make the mistake of thinking there's nothing here for you. Isaacson's Einstein is recommended for anyone interested in the professor's physics and philosophy.
Recommended by Doug, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"To Isaacson's credit, Einstein: His Life And Universe conveys the dizzying concepts of physics in a way most lay readers (this one certainly qualifies as that) can grasp....While everyone has at least a fuzzy knowledge of Einstein — the shock of unkempt hair, the use of his name as a synonym for genius and an enduring, iconic pop-culture familiarity — much of his basic biography is at least unexamined and probably unknown, as well, by the mainstream audience Isaacson's book targets." Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

"Einstein was many things: physicist, mathematician (it's a myth that he did poorly in math at school), revolutionary, socialist, pacifist, humanist. That's a whole lot of –ists to keep straight, but Isaacson does an excellent job of presenting a complete picture of Einstein as all of the above and more." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk — a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate — became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

Review:

"Acclaimed biographer Isaacson examines the remarkable life of 'science's preeminent poster boy' in this lucid account (after 2003's Benjamin Franklin and 1992's Kissinger). Contrary to popular myth, the German-Jewish schoolboy Albert Einstein not only excelled in math, he mastered calculus before he was 15. Young Albert's dislike for rote learning, however, led him to compare his teachers to 'drill sergeants.' That antipathy was symptomatic of Einstein's love of individual and intellectual freedom, beliefs the author revisits as he relates his subject's life and work in the context of world and political events that shaped both, from WWI and II and their aftermath through the Cold War. Isaacson presents Einstein's research — his efforts to understand space and time, resulting in four extraordinary papers in 1905 that introduced the world to special relativity, and his later work on unified field theory — without equations and for the general reader. Isaacson focuses more on Einstein the man: charismatic and passionate, often careless about personal affairs; outspoken and unapologetic about his belief that no one should have to give up personal freedoms to support a state. Fifty years after his death, Isaacson reminds us why Einstein (1879 — 1955) remains one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In the wonderland realm described by Einstein's theory of special relativity, simultaneity generally proves to be an illusion, but in the world of publishing, two good studies of the same subject will often appear at roughly the same time. Then, alas, a variant of another scientific doctrine — Gresham's law — typically goes into effect: One book tends to drive out the other.

Walter... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"With the help of many witty, candid letters, Mr. Isaacson offers a wonderfully rounded portrait of the ever-surprising Einstein personality." Janet Malsin, New York Times

Review:

"Isaacson's biography really takes off...when Einstein arrives in the USA in 1921." USA Today

Review:

"While everyone has at least a fuzzy knowledge of Einstein...much of his basic biography is at least unexamined and probably unknown...by the mainstream audience Isaacson's book targets." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Walter Isaacson's big new biography of Albert Einstein is sure to be one of the most admired and popular books of this year. Whatever your background in science, Einstein: His Life and Universe is a joy and a revelation to read — rich in detail, insightful, superbly researched and written.... Isaacson brings this history to life with the qualities that defined Einstein himself: a breadth of vision, a freedom from conformity, an underlying humanism and sense of humor." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Like its subject, Walter Isaacson's ambitious biography of Albert Einstein radiates intelligence, wit and eloquence." Miami Herald

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin comes the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available — a fully realized portrait of this extraordinary human being and great genius.

Synopsis:

By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk — a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate — became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

About the Author

Walter Isaacson,the president of the Aspen Institute, has been the chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Benjamin Franklin.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Main Characters

CHAPTER ONE

The Light-Beam Rider

CHAPTER TWO

Childhood, 1879-1896

CHAPTER THREE

The Zurich Polytechnic, 1896-1900

CHAPTER FOUR

The Lovers, 1900-1904

CHAPTER FIVE

The Miracle Year: Quanta and Molecules, 1905

CHAPTER SIX

Special Relativity, 1905

CHAPTER SEVEN

The Happiest Thought, 1906-1909

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Wandering Professor, 1909-1914

CHAPTER NINE

General Relativity, 1911-1915

CHAPTER TEN

Divorce, 1916-1919

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Einstein's Universe, 1916-1919

CHAPTER TWELVE

Fame, 1919

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

The Wandering Zionist, 1920-1921

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Nobel Laureate, 1921-1927

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Unified Field Theories, 1923-1931

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Turning Fifty, 1929-1931

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Einstein's God

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

The Refugee, 1932-1933

CHAPTER NINETEEN

America, 1933-1939

CHAPTER TWENTY

Quantum Entanglement, 1935

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

The Bomb, 1939-1945

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

One-Worlder, 1945-1948

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

Landmark, 1948-1953

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Red Scare, 1951-1954

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

The End, 1955

EPILOGUE

Einstein's Brain and Einstein's Mind

Sources

Notes

Index

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sawyer, March 31, 2007 (view all comments by sawyer)
I liked Bohr's directive, quoted in the New Yorker review,
"Einstein: stop telling God what to do."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743264730
Author:
Isaacson, Walter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Isaacson, Walter
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Relativity (physics)
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
albert einstein, einstein bio, einstein genius, e=mc2, father of modern physics, imagination is more important than knowledge, theory of relativity, atomic bomb, manhattan project, steve jobs bio, benjamin franklin bio
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-16 pp b-w insert; photos as chpt opene
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In preparing this engaging biography of the world's most famous smart guy, Isaacson enlisted the aid of several physicists including Murray Gell-Mann, Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, and Douglas Stone. As a result, this is much more than an "Einstein slept here" biography; it is an exploration of his influences and contributions to physics, all placed within the context of the times Einstein lived in. Isaacson also made use of newly opened archives, yielding a more complete picture of Einstein than was available to previous biographers. If you have already read an Einstein biography or two, or have even read a few popular books on relativity, don't make the mistake of thinking there's nothing here for you. Isaacson's Einstein is recommended for anyone interested in the professor's physics and philosophy.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Acclaimed biographer Isaacson examines the remarkable life of 'science's preeminent poster boy' in this lucid account (after 2003's Benjamin Franklin and 1992's Kissinger). Contrary to popular myth, the German-Jewish schoolboy Albert Einstein not only excelled in math, he mastered calculus before he was 15. Young Albert's dislike for rote learning, however, led him to compare his teachers to 'drill sergeants.' That antipathy was symptomatic of Einstein's love of individual and intellectual freedom, beliefs the author revisits as he relates his subject's life and work in the context of world and political events that shaped both, from WWI and II and their aftermath through the Cold War. Isaacson presents Einstein's research — his efforts to understand space and time, resulting in four extraordinary papers in 1905 that introduced the world to special relativity, and his later work on unified field theory — without equations and for the general reader. Isaacson focuses more on Einstein the man: charismatic and passionate, often careless about personal affairs; outspoken and unapologetic about his belief that no one should have to give up personal freedoms to support a state. Fifty years after his death, Isaacson reminds us why Einstein (1879 — 1955) remains one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "To Isaacson's credit, Einstein: His Life And Universe conveys the dizzying concepts of physics in a way most lay readers (this one certainly qualifies as that) can grasp....While everyone has at least a fuzzy knowledge of Einstein — the shock of unkempt hair, the use of his name as a synonym for genius and an enduring, iconic pop-culture familiarity — much of his basic biography is at least unexamined and probably unknown, as well, by the mainstream audience Isaacson's book targets." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review A Day" by , "Einstein was many things: physicist, mathematician (it's a myth that he did poorly in math at school), revolutionary, socialist, pacifist, humanist. That's a whole lot of –ists to keep straight, but Isaacson does an excellent job of presenting a complete picture of Einstein as all of the above and more." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "With the help of many witty, candid letters, Mr. Isaacson offers a wonderfully rounded portrait of the ever-surprising Einstein personality."
"Review" by , "Isaacson's biography really takes off...when Einstein arrives in the USA in 1921."
"Review" by , "While everyone has at least a fuzzy knowledge of Einstein...much of his basic biography is at least unexamined and probably unknown...by the mainstream audience Isaacson's book targets."
"Review" by , "Walter Isaacson's big new biography of Albert Einstein is sure to be one of the most admired and popular books of this year. Whatever your background in science, Einstein: His Life and Universe is a joy and a revelation to read — rich in detail, insightful, superbly researched and written.... Isaacson brings this history to life with the qualities that defined Einstein himself: a breadth of vision, a freedom from conformity, an underlying humanism and sense of humor."
"Review" by , "Like its subject, Walter Isaacson's ambitious biography of Albert Einstein radiates intelligence, wit and eloquence."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin comes the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available — a fully realized portrait of this extraordinary human being and great genius.
"Synopsis" by , By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk — a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate — became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

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