The World as I See It Paperback – 3 Sep 2008
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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" --This text refers to an alternate 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Selwyn Berg; Ph.D., J.D.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slightly disappointing. There was too much emphasis on social and political issues rather than revelations of the man's personal feelings about himself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Jerram
I am enjoying this very much, because I am interested in the science and also the life in equal measure. The author has covered both very well to my mind. Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. F. PENNANT
Einstein's subjective musings. Some of it must appear dated now.
I have done this review today on Einstein's birthday, 14th March. Read more