This is an outstanding book for anyone who wants to learn about Dr.Albert Einstein.It covers his whole life from childhood in 1879 until his death at 76 in 1955. It covers why he was so important for his scientific work ,and does it so that the average person can get an idea of what he accomplished;but does not delve into the depth of Mathematics and Physics involved.This is just as well,because only a relative few highly educated and knowledgeable could even begin to fathom such complicated science and theories.
In spite of his scientific brilliance,this book gives a very clear insight of Einstein as a human being.It deals with his family life and shows him to be extremely simple in some ways ,but also a deep thinking person in many other ways.It details his political and religious beliefs and reasons for them.It also dispells many of the myths that have grown up around him,particularly that he was a slow learner.It also gives a good insight into what he felt man's ability to create a nuclear bomb ,imposed on man to learn how to avoid having it totally annihilate him.
The book is exceptionally well organized ,and the photographs ,illustrations and documents that are placed in "pockets" are what really make it unique. One often forgets that Winstein was first of all Jewish and his first language was German. At first glance,one might be disappointed when glancing at the inserts, that many of them are in German;but don't let that dissuede you as translations for all of them are provided.
The book gives several examples where Einstein could change his thinking when facts showed he was in error.This occurred in both his scientific as well as his social thinking.
Although many tried to pin the name Athiest on him;he denied it.He was angered buy those who said God did not exist.He did not feel that science and religion necessairly conflicted.He defined religion as the feeling that beyond even the marvelous experiences and emotions that touch us directly,there is a force that transends all.Only in his acknowledgement of this force could he be regarded as religious.Einstein many pronouncements were both embraced and denounced by Athiests and Believers.
An excellent book for anyone wanting to know about Dr.Einstein as a person,without getting involved in complicated Mathematics and Physics.