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We learn that as a child Einstein suffered from what could be echolalia (which is where you mutter a phrase to yourself multiple times before saying it to others). Issacson notes both Einstein's debt to Hume, Planck and philosphers such as Kant in helping develop both his world view and his breakthroughs in science. To his credit Isaacson also points out that the man that came to embody the modern view of physics and became a hero had feet of clay; Einstein gave up his daughter for adoption without ever seeing her and spent much of his time away from Mileva (who would eventually become his first wife) while she was pregnant for a variety of reasons some understandable some not. The young Einstein was brash,egotistic and obnoxious (or you could call him overly confident) often pointing out flaws in papers by the very professors he was seeking jobs from. He also charts Einstein's difficult path to his professorship including his stint working in the Swiss patent office.
Isaacson does cover Einstein's support for the development of the atomic bomb (although this is a relatively small section of the biography) and mentions that Einstein later regreted the bombing that occurred in Japan during World War II. When Einstein came up with this famous equation, he never imagined it would be used for mass destruction. He was conflicted over his role in the development of the atomic bomb feeling both responsibility and guilty over his role.Read more ›
This has to be one of the most intelligently written works I have read - it flowed like a Fictional Thriller. It's true that the word "Genius" has become synonymous with Einstein, and reading this book will make you appreciate how he had attained that stature.
The book is broken down into chapters that correlate the significant events of his life. Every single work he has produced is explained in considerable detail, also entailing the surrounding influences to Einstein. The book humanely describes the sacrifices Einstein had to endure in the lead up and following of his success. The book demonstrates another aspect of Einstein which is pretty much unknown: that he was a man of absolute Principle, and would never compromise in order to make his life easier.
This is the only book you will ever need to read about Einstein.
I heard the author speaking on NPR radio and was keen to emphasise that this is a personal story more than a scientific tome, and indeed the science contained herein is excellently described without overwhelming the little grey cells. The book also serves as a history of the scientific politics both pre, during and post world war two which is an added bonus to be honest.
If you are at all interested in famous lives, science and or history then this book should appeal to you.
Firstly I gave this book just 3 stars, however, it was very close to 4 and overall I'm glad I read this book.
May I also say, I listened to this on audio instead of reading, which may have effected my ability to absorb/enjoy the information.
I found the book was like a long roller-coaster, some parts were fascinating and very enjoyable.. other parts were a long drag and I had to force myself to get through - and it is a long long book [22 hours by audio].
+ I felt I gained a thorough objective insight into the life of Einstein, his personality, and the historical period he grew up in [e.g. being a Jew living in Germany before 2nd World War]
+ I felt I could adopt lessons I learned into my life today, after observing his character traits/habits. E.g. I daydream frequently and often take walks to think about solutions to problems.. I tended to think I was just a daydreamer and perhaps I do this too much, but nice to know Einstein did this daily..infact he'd even ride a boat on a lake and take a pen and notepad to note down ideas..!
+ The physics is generally reasonably well explained and has been condensed into layman's terms so even you will be able to understand it :-)
+ The story side, e.g. his relationship with people, romantic life, and overviews of what he achieved were generally interesting.
- Very long. I appreciate this is a complete thorough work.
Overall, a good book, definitely worth a read, I think somebody very much interested in physics will find this book fascinating.
Thank-you for reading this, let me know if it was useful for you because I have read some other similar books and can leave reviews.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The cutting of the pages is higgledy piggledy not crisp and clean as I would have expected.The paperback was betterPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written and comprehensive cover of Einstein's life and works. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone with an interest in Einstein, physics and early 20th... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve
Very well written and although the book covers quite a complex subject, it is explained clearly and interestingly for a layperson like myself.Published 5 months ago by Brigitte Texier-Pauton
I read this because I loved W.I's review of Steve Jobs. (And knew not much about Jobs before that point. Read morePublished 7 months ago by December Hare
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