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Like a roller-coaster - exciting in parts, tedious in others but glad I read!
on 31 March 2015
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.
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