Einstein: His Life and Universe
By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tgraettinger - LibraryThing
Enjoyable. Some parts were a slog for me, esp. some of the early years and the early years of marriage. But, it generally gained steam as it went along. Provided some good insights into the man and his work. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - briandarvell - LibraryThing
Just an excellent overview of Einstein and his contribution to science and humanity. This book really brings across the person that Einstein was and you get a solid feeling of what it would have been like to meet him. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Read full review
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