Einstein: A to Z
The first accessible, handy reference to Einstein's world
Albert Einstein was the twentieth century's most celebrated scientist-a man who developed the theory of relativity, revolutionized physics, and became an iconic genius in the popular imagination. Now, in the first book of its kind, Einstein A to Z provides a vibrant overview of Time magazine's Man of the Century and his remarkable achievements, with over one hundred lively, informative essays that explain and celebrate his life, his work, and his cultural influence.
From absentmindedness to Zionism, each entry features a fascinating account of one aspect of Einstein's world, from lucid explanations of his work to insights into his personal life, predilections, and interests. Einstein A to Z offers a unique glimpse into the mind of the shabbily dressed man who would become so engrossed in his ideas that he often neglected to sleep or eat; the father who never met his first child and proposed marriage to one of his stepdaughters; the avowed pacifist who was torn between pride in his German heritage and disgust at the country's militaristic ideology. Both students and devoted fans of this titan of science will find the journey enlightening, engaging, and just plain fun.
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Einstein: A to ZUser Review - Book Verdict
A is for absentmindedness, and yes, the greatest scientist of the 20th century was a stereotypically absentminded professor. E is for his famous equation on the relation between energy and mass, which is nicely explained here in a clear, comprehensible way. M is for McCarthyism, which Einstein openly decried, and also for Marilyn Monroe, whose link to Einstein is wholly fictional. Fox (The Big Bang Theory) and Keck, a science reporter for public radio station WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, say their alphabetic omnium gatherum "is designed to be as casual or as specific as the reader wishes," and that's a fair description. Details about Einstein's life, not just his science, are found in these alphabetical fragments, which cover the physicist's feelings on Israel and Judaism, on pacifism (which he espoused) and on quantum mechanics (which he famously rejected), as well as his relations with other scientists and with his own family. Novice students of physics and casual browsers can learn a fair amount from these entries, though, of course, it's no substitute for reading one of the many comprehensive books on Einstein's life and work.
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