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Review: Einstein: His Life and Universe

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If you can explain Einstein's theory of relativity clearly in a paragraph or two, then you probably don't need to read this book. But for the other 99.99 percent of the human race, it will doubtless prove vastly enlightening. Walter Isaacson, a seasoned writer editor and media executive, tells the story of Einstein's life in colorful detail and makes a valiant effort to explain his work in ... Read full review

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exellent....DESCRIPTION...regarding....einstien's closest frnds....to his challenges....and of course his brilliant and BEAUTIFULL MIND.....

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"Einstein, His Life and Universe" is a fascinating account providing a unique and intriguing insight to what made Einstein, Einstein! This book provides amazing details and unparalleled levels of Einstein's writings and correspondence from his youthful days in which he was first falling in love with his first wife to his later years when he was stuck in his unrelenting quest for his "Unified Field Theory". We learn not only the different steps Einstein journeyed throughout his life and what it took for him to become the nonconformist and revolutionary that postulated Special Relativity and later General Relativity - but also how he ended up in some ways becoming the "reactionary physicist" that earlier in his younger days he had defied with his revolutionary theories. Most importantly, Isaacson provides Einstein's own words and deeds in allowing the reader to see that despite the amazing humanitarian Einstein was, he was human and had flaws like the rest of us. Saying this, his love for humanity was without doubt one of his greatest motives of his life and although he would often times leave the realm of the "merely personal" and delve into his scientific work to escape life's stresses - the quest for world peace encompassed his ultimate moral value in which he believed in the universality and paramount importance of individual freedom and free expression of the mind and human spirit. Without these universal values, Einstein believed creativity stifles and the human spirit hampers in the abyss..
Truly fascinating book... I only take one issue with Walter Isaacson in this book. I was interesting in reading more about Einstein's lack of belief in a personal god and in the chapter "Einstein's God", the chapter is very terse and does not provide us many details. In addition, Isaacson takes more of a subjective and opinion based approach to that chapter. I have studied Einstein's religiosity (or lack-of) and while he indeed was not an avowed atheist, he time and time expressed his non-belief of religion and based on many of his writings and quotes, one can come to the conclusion that even the "cosmic divine" in which Einstein sometimes referred to was simply metaphoric as during a period when Einstein was in the United States, he was blasted on all sides (whether from civil society, media, and press) in what was believed to be his being a "heretic". Therefore, Isaacson does not take a fair and objective overview of Einstein's own words throughout his life in which Isaacson jumps to the conclusion based on a lack of an overall review of Einstein's quotes and thoughts throughout Einstein's years in asserting that Einstein believed in a "divine providence" - although, Isaacson at least does admit that Einstein did not believe in a personal god.
But overall, that chapter on "Einstein's God" was the only chapter that was quite terse and was based more on subjectivity rather than objectivity. Great book, and I recommend it to EVERYONE!
 

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I enjoyed reading this book. I got the book from my daughter while I was in IIT-POwai, Mumbai. In fact, she wanted me to take the book to my place of work at Varanasi for my personal library. But it was so engrossing that I finished the book there itself. It is very informative and written in a way that can help getting deep into Einsteins idea of special relativity, how he got to think of general relativity, and how he wanted to reach the answer about the origin of the universe and many more ideas including EPR and uncertainity of the death or life of the Schroedinger's cat. A physics oriented biograpphy readable also for a layman. A good book. Rather a very good biograp-hy of a great man and the greatest amongst the physicists of all time.
To the believers of god a pertinent question : Why or How could got afford to be so partial in distributing brain which makes a person the greatest one like Albert Einstein and so little to a person who has to read many times to understand his proposition to lay principle of physics?.
 

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2009
Very solid, listenable bio. Enough science for me to feel I can at least differentiate between special and general relativity (though the mysteries of quantum mechanics quickly leave me behind
). Didn't realize how deeply and broadly felt his impact was - scientists are still struggling to confirm his thought experiments. Wonderfully gentle view of mankind, too. 

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Very long (600 page) account of Einsteins life from birth through to death and beyond. Isaacson did his research for this book it is very well laid out for anyone to understand. Make sure you set some time aside to finish this one as slower reading is essential to grasp all the events in this complicated man's life.  

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An amazing book, what a man he was “ Sir Einstein was a true great” Despite all the odds, he proves his point through an independent introspect of laws of nature……Hats off to the author ……. A highly recommendable book.

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