Albert Einstein: A Biography
Albert Einstein's achievements are not just milestones in the history of science; decades ago they became an integral part of the twentieth-century world in which we live. Like no other modern physicist he altered and expanded our understanding of nature. Like few other scholars, he stood fully in the public eye. In a world changing with dramatic rapidity, he embodied the role of the scientist by personal example.
Albrecht Folsing, relying on previously unknown sources and letters, brings Einstein's "genius" into focus. Whereas former biographies, written in the tradition of the history of science, seem to describe a heroic Einstein who fell to earth from heaven, Folsing attempts to reconstruct Einstein's thought in the context of the state of research at the turn of the century. Thus, perhaps for the first time, Einstein's surroundings come to light.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MichaelHodges - LibraryThing
Congratulations to Folsing and his superb detailing of the life story of the greatest man of our era. The book body extends from birth to death to 740 pages of wondrous facts concerning earthly ... Read full review
ALBERT EINSTEIN: A BiographyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Another full-scale biography, this one translated from the German, of the preeminent physicist of modern times. Fîlsing (head of science for the North German Radio/Television Network) recognizes that ... Read full review