Einstein: His Life and Universe

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Simon and Schuster, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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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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Walter Issacson’s “Einstein” is a splendid read, a perfect balance of human interest, historical background and technical illumination. He may just as well have entitled the book, “Einstein, the ... Read full review

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Excellent! Isaacson portrays the life of the Albert Einstein in all his brilliance and warts. This biography, much like Isaacson's Franklin bio, is thoroughly engaging, incredibly researched and documented and a wonderful insight into arguably the greatest intellect of the 20th century. Read full review

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Contents

chapter
1
chapter
8
chapter three
32
chapter four
50
Quanta and Molecules 1905
90
chapter
107
Contents
140
chapter eight
158
Unified Field Theories 19231931
336
chapter sixteen
357
Einsteins God
384
chapter eighteen
394
chapter nineteen
425
Quantum Entanglement 1935
448
The Bomb 19391945
471
OneWorlder 19451948
487

chapter nine
189
chapter
225
chapter eleven
249
Fame 1919
263
The Wandering Zionist 19201921
281
chapter fourteen
309
Landmark 19481953
508
Red Scare 19511954
524
The End 1955
535
Einsteins Brain and Einsteins Mind
544
Sources
553
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Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve JobsEinstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson

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