112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Gödel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science

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Arcade Publishing, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
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In 1944, Albert Einstein invited three close friends, giants of contemporary science and thought, to his home at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey to discuss science, philosophy, and world events.These were Bertrand Russell, the incomparable logician, philosopher, and humanist; Wolfgang Pauli, the great physicist; and Kurt Godel, the groundbreaking logician.Using these historic meetings as a starting point, Burton Feldman provides a highly original examination of these four very outsized personalities as friends, colleagues and rivals-particularly the stubborn and supremely self-confident Einstein and the aristocratic Russell.Masterfully researched, this accessible book illuminates the feelings of these great men about the world of science that was then beginning to pass them by, and about the dawning atomic age that terrified them all.

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Review: 112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Godel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science

User Review  - Carl Strange - Goodreads

This is an imaginative look at some little-known meetings between great minds, and its strength is its fine pacing and explanations. Einstein's stubborn resistance to quantum theory, Russell's content ... Read full review

Review: 112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Godel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science

User Review  - Bea Bolinger - Goodreads

It's hard to rate a book like this. The information inside is interesting, who knew Einstein and his first wife had a daughter before getting married, that Albert never even met? I knew that Einstein ... Read full review


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Feldman is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Denver, has also taught at the University of Chicago and Hebrew University.

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