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  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press Inc.,U.S.; New Ed edition (3 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806527900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806527901
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. Albert Einstein, Forum and Century Preceding generations have presented us, in a highly developed science and mechanical knowledge, with a most valuable gift which carries with it possibilities of making our life free and beautiful such as no previous generation has enjoyed. But this gift also brings with it dangers to our existence as great as any that have ever threatened it. Albert Einstein, Address to the Students Disarmament Meeting"

"Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty." --Albert Einstein, Forum and Century "Preceding generations have presented us, in a highly developed science and mechanical knowledge, with a most valuable gift which carries with it possibilities of making our life free and beautiful such as no previous generation has enjoyed. But this gift also brings with it dangers to our existence as great as any that have ever threatened it." --Albert Einstein, Address to the Students' Disarmament Meeting --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Albert Einstein (1879 1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk."

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By Steven Unwin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 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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great book
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interesting book
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I though it was going to be bigger
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Slightly disappointing. There was too much emphasis on social and political issues rather than revelations of the man's personal feelings about himself. I was hoping for a bit more humour for which I believe he was renowned among his scientific peers. But then again he was no Mark Twain since he was too busy being Albert Wayne Einstein, which is fair enough. I am not motivated to study his theory of relativity as I am sufficiently convinced it is not a requirement to my survival. Perhaps he was just too private a man to ever disclose his most real and profound ideas and feelings. I think, for me, his legend was a huge carrot,the consumption of which, though, was disappointinglybland.
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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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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.

Louise
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