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Other books by this author especially the Job's biography are perhaps more readable. It can be sometimes lengthy as Isaacson describes in great details events taking place in Einstein's life, documented it appears, to all the letters everyone at that time seemed to write to each other and keep forever. However this does give one a good idea how winning a Nobel prize can typically happen much later after the fact and how a noble prize winner can be immediately projected into fame at that time, especially in this case by the American population. We see this still today where an Nobel winner, an expert in a relatively small field, is asked to pronounce on so many world issues and to patronize so many causes. We still see this today. Let me add I bought a used, hardcover edition from Betterworldbooks via Amazon. It did arrived later than expected, in excellent condition. As I had already been refunded, they magnanimously agreed to make me a present of it! So I am more than happy to recommend them.
Easy to read but well-researched life of the great scientist, which made me whistle in astonishment at just how marvellous Einstein's intuition was for the way the physical world works. Few human beings have been blessed with such incredible creativity, and this book brings that out in some detail and in ways that other biographies of Einstein I've read haven't. The great man's personal life was sometimes in rather a mess, but he comes across as a kindly - if detached - and sympathetic man. It's rather sad that the development of quantum uncertainty left him behind.
I had no idea of what the theory of relativity was or Einstein's life. His life story is fascinating and the simplicity of his ideas that proved in the face of perceived wisdom to be correct. How fate took him in directions that allowed him to engage his brain that only a free thinking person could. I would love to have met him! I am neither mathematical or scientific but somehow it makes sense now.
A good read if you want to know the life of one of the most prolific men in science. Einstein was a genius but more than that it was his non conformity to the status quo and inquisitive nature which allowed him to transcend beyond the scientific limits of his time. This book is a great read to know the history of theoretical physics in Europe during the late 1800s to 1940s, a period of time when so much of modern physics was discovered and Einstein had a hand in almost everything! Contrary to popular belief that he flunked his school or college, Einstein had one of the best educations one could have during that time. He truly was a genius, the ability to extrapolate concepts which have never before been formalized requires grit and great resolve of mind. Einstein had some of the most amazing friends who have helped him time and again to reach such a celebrity level although it's evident from the book that he struggled a lot during his younger days.
This biography is well written albeit bereft of any mathematics or physics to explain complex concepts of general relativity, instead it's more of a historical account of the early days of theoretical physics and a deep look into the human life Einstein had.
Edit: the cover absolutely sucks. Its got Geoffrey rush's picture as Einstein.
This audiibook on the life of Albert Einstein is unique in the sense that it depicts every little detail of the life and works of this great scientist. I recommend it to anyone who likes to know about the life of Einstein. I listen while I am driving as it's an audi CD. Sound quality is excellent.
I found it an incredible account of his life having watched the TV series. He was involved with far more than his original theory of relativity personally and professionally! A very large account of a larger than life achiever.
Einstein's ideas are hard to get to grips with because we try to take them in all at once. He took a lifetime to think them through, and this is the story of his life and how his thought developed. Worth reading through if only to get to the fascinating story of what happened to his brain after he died. And by persevering you end up with a deeper understanding of the unfathomable. Or at least you think you do.