Einstein: A Biography (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Albert Einstein is an icon of the twentieth century. Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, he is most famous for his theory of relativity. He also made enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and cosmology, and for his work he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921. A self-pronounced pacifist, humanist, and, late in his life, democratic socialist, Einstein was also deeply concerned with the social impact of his discoveries.  Much of Einstein's life is shrouded in legend. From popular images and advertisements to various works of theater and fiction, he has come to signify so many things. In Einstein: A Biography, Jürgen Neffe presents a clear and probing portrait of the man behind the myth. Unearthing new documents, including a series of previously unknown letters from Einstein to his sons, which shed new light on his role as a father, Neffe paints a rich portrait of the tumultuous years in which Einstein lived and worked. And with a background in the sciences, he describes and contextualizes Einstein's enormous contributions to our scientific legacy. Einstein, a breakout bestseller in Germany, is sure to be a classic biography of the man and proverbial genius who has been called "the brain of the [twentieth] century."
  

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Review: Einstein: A Biography

User Review  - Kerem - Goodreads

Not only the story of an amazing scientific mind but also of the 'human Einstein' -- with his flaws, mistakes and his strong political stand for freedom. Parts of the book goes through his science and ... Read full review

Review: Einstein: A Biography

User Review  - Kristi Jones - Goodreads

Well, most of this book was over my head! I now need to go read a 'Physics for Dummies' book. Still, interesting stuff. Obviously a translation though. a little hard to follow at times. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE The Immortal Einsteins Secret
3
1 His Second Birth The Fateful Year 1919
9
2 How Albert Became Einstein The Psychological Makeup of a Genius
19
3 A New Era From Industrialists Son to Inventor
38
4 Of Dwarfs and Giants A Brief History of Science According to Einstein
49
5 The Burden of Inheritance Einstein Detectives in Action
71
6 Elsa or Ilse The Physicist and the Women
86
7 The Miraculous Path to the Miraculous Year Einsteins Angels
108
13 Spacetime Quakes The Theory of Relativity Put to the Test
243
14 His Best Foe Einstein Germany and Politics
252
15 I Am Not a Tiger Einstein the Human Side
289
16 A Jew Named Albert His God Was a Principle
310
17 The End Justifies the Doubts Einstein and Quantum Theory
325
18 Of the Magnitude of Failure The Quest for the Unified Theory
350
19 From Barbaria to Dollaria Einsteins America
359
20 People Are a Bad Invention Einstein the Atomic Bomb McCarthy and the End
379

8 Squaring the Light Why Einstein Had to Discover the Theory of Relativity
126
9 Why Is the Sky Blue? EinsteinA Career
151
10 Dear Boys Your Papa The Drama of the Brilliant Father
168
11 Anatomy of a Discovery How Einstein Found the General Theory of Relativity
206
12 Lambda Lives Einstein Chief Engineer of the Universe
231
Notes
405
Bibliography
435
Acknowledgments
441
Index
443
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About the author (2007)

Dr. Jürgen Neffe is a recipient of the Egon Erwin Kisch Award, the most prestigious award for print journalism in Germany. He lives in Berlin, where he is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Science History.

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