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The World As I See It [Hardcover]

Albert Einstein
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5 May 2007
The most advanced and celebrated mind of the 20th Century, without a doubt, is attributed to Albert Einstein. Instead of his hard science and advanced mathematical theories, which often go far beyond the minds of average people, this book allows us to meet him as a person. This interesting book allows us to explore his beliefs, philosophical ideas, and opinions on many subjects so we can walk away afterwards knowing and understanding one of the world's greatest intellectual giants. Subjects include politics, religion, education, the meaning of life, Jewish issues, the world economy, peace and pacifism. One does not need an advanced degree in math or physics to appreciate the genius of Einstein, shared so clearly by the man himself in this book.
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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: (5 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9562912493
  • ISBN-13: 978-9562912495
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a scientific genius... 17 Dec 1998
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Albert Einstein will always be remembered as one of the great minds of our time. But not too many people think of him as a great societal thinker as well. Albert delves into many touchy subjects in this book (having grown up during the most devastating era mankind has ever known).
The one downside to this book is that there are a few (only a few) passages where you really don't know who he is talking to, and little reference is given on these to help you, the reader, figure them out.
I was thoroughly impressed that this genius, mental marvel of the 20th century could convey his message so clearly in most of the essays and writings. He talks about religion, minorities, war, and other issues facing humaity today that are highly debated in all circles.
A good buy, a great mind.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary man 14 Feb 2009
Einstein was the mathematical genius, who formulated the relativity theory, which most of us of normal and even high intelligence don't understand. Einstein was also an extraordinary man, who lived in extraordinary times. The selection of texts in "The World as I See it" is evidence of this extraordinary man and his views on an array of subjects more in the field social and political science and mathematics written in the period between WW1 and WW2. He writes of the plight of science, academic societies and institutions, economy, pacifism, Jews and the making of a Jewish land in Palestine.

This is my first introduction to Einstein and I was touched by several elements of "The World as I See it".

Firstly, the flow and rhythm of the texts. Einstein surely had a way a words and getting them to relay his opinions clearly and precisely.

Secondly, Einstein's non-persuasive manner. He writes his opinion with sound argumentation, but he does not impose his opinions on his reader or listener.

Thirdly, I learnt new things about the famous Einstein. His letters concering his exclusion from the Prussian academic society are a good example, Einstein's deep belief in pacifism and the making of what would later be Israel.

Finally, I most say, it is very interest to read "The World as I See it" with the knowledge that Einstein wrote the texts between the 1st and 2nd World Wars. The knowledge of the world events that followed chronologically was ever present in my mind as I read, and it gave the texts an edge.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Side of Einstein 7 Sep 2011
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Known principally for his contribution to science, this book reveals the social conscience of this great thinker. The book is an eclectic collection of notes and letters on a broad range of subjects, all written in the period between the two world wars and provides insight into the views if this extraordinary man.

The subjects covered include the future of science, pacifism, economics, Jewish issues and many personal reflections on people he respected.

I was struck by the quality of the writing. Though many of the contributions are taken from notes or letters, they have the feel of being very precisely honed, displaying great writing skill. As many of the issues discussed remain relevant today this is not merely a historical artefact of Einstein's life, but also contains ideas that are well worth revisiting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS!!! 15 Nov 2013
I didn't actually buy or read this book, so why am I telling you not buy this? Because I noticed that this book is actually just a short version of a different book, called "Ideas and Opinions". Ideas and opinions is about twice as long as this one, and it has all the material that this book has (and more).

So if you want to know about Albert Einstein, the man, then I would recommend you to buy Ideas and Opinions rather than this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Wisdom For All Times 15 April 2009
Thoughout the history of civilization a few great minds have left their impressions of humanity. Einstein was one of them. These essays are not dated as of the early 20th century, but for all times. They are easy to read, witty, wise and provokes much needed thought. It should be mandatory High School reading, and could change a youthful life to one for betterment of all.
Selwyn Berg; Ph.D., J.D.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting -historic- book. 9 Jun 2009
I guess it is extremely interesting to know what one of the most intelligent men think about religion, politics, life in general.

So in a sense this book is a very nice addition to any library. Politics and life however are not science and mathematics, so i guess if the same views and letters were written by any other except Einstein, this book wouldnt have the same value. His beliefs for the world after all are not so revolutianary as his science theories. More or Less he has a common sense, more or less most people would agree with his views.

This book contains a collection of thoughts, letters, and speeches Einstein gave during his life. It might not be that exciting reading obituaries for his close friends, or you might even find his beliefs on the Jews uninteresting for our modern societies. But historically speaking it is a very important book.

Reading it gives you the opportunity to pause and think about a lot of things, that have happened in the past and the way life was half a century (or more) ago.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Einstein the man 9 Aug 2008
Here we see glimpses of Einstein the man, not the scientist. As science moved further away from the ideal that it was supposed to benefit mankind in a positive way, Einstein believed the mission of science was to work for mankind's well-being. He will be sadly missed, a great man that thought with his heart as well as his head.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... I would have paid for it but I am glad I have read it I learnt...
Some very interesting aspects He did and discussed far more than I ever realised Not sure I would have paid for it but I am glad I have read it I learnt quite a bit more than I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by cheshire cat68
5.0 out of 5 stars The dated but elegant writing style is a model of clarity.
The master at work. As he has often said, he is a physicist and not a mathematician and his discourses show this in this shortish book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by les barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and clever read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.,Einstein is a lucid and thoughtful thinker. If only he were with us today his wisdom is sorely missed.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. B. Preston
3.0 out of 5 stars A naive Einstein?
"The world as I see it" is Alberts view on the world between the two great wars. He seemed to be entirely convinced that peace could be achived and maintained by using... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mäkinen Torsti
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd hoped
I bought this book thinking it would be a broad out look into Einstein's thoughts. It however turned out to be a collection of letters and speeches. Which was a bit tedious.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Box
3.0 out of 5 stars Orrible Cover, quick delivery
The cover is orrible, the title has the background just under "IT" and "AL" of Albert, it does not make sense.
The picture has been wrongly stretched.
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Vincenzo
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but no mindblower.
First of all, this book is not scientific. It's a collection of speeches and letters written by Einstein covering topics such as politics, education, the middle east, World War... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2011 by gamblor
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