Albert Einstein and the Frontiers of Science

Albert Einstein and the Frontiers of Science

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Albert Einstein was considered to be a dreamy child without an especially promising future. Later in life he remembered two instances from his childhood - his fascination with a compass shown to him by his father when he was five, and his introduction to geometry - that may have been the first signs of what was to come. This lively biography beginning with the chapter "How I Did Not Get to Meet Albert Einstein" looks at how from ordinary beginnings Einstein became one of the greatest scientific thinkers of all time. Physicist and science writer Jeremy Bernstein provides glimpses into the heart and mind of the man as he discusses Einstein's decision to leave Germany for the United States and his increasing despair over the rise of Hitler and the coming of World War II. He explains clearly and simply the experiments and revolutionary theories that flowed from Einstein's imagination and intellect, from his famous theory of relativity, which changed our conception of the universe and our place within it, to his search for a unified field theory that would explain all of the forces found in nature.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 189 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 2.54mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • b&w halftones, bibliography
  • 0195120299
  • 9780195120295

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"For some, it is enough to know that Einstein was a genius who revolutionized the world of physics. This is a book for those who want to know more: how Einstein lived and loved, how he was educated and earned a living, the science and politics of his time.... Readers...will be absorbed in this story of a remarkable man."--VOYA"A comprehensive, highly intelligent, patiently-constructed introduction to Einstein and his theories.... It is amply illustrated with informative diagrams and excellent quality black-and-white photos."--School Library Journal"Bernstein's quotations from Einstein's letters make the book a lively and memorable reflection of the man behind the public figure."--Booklist"For some, it is enough to know that Einstein was a genius who revolutionized the world of physics. This is a book for those who want to know more: how Einstein lived and loved, how he was educated and earned a living, the science and politics of his time.... Readers...will be absorbed in this story of a remarkable man."--VOYA"A comprehensive, highly intelligent, patiently-constructed introduction to Einstein and his theories.... It is amply illustrated with informative diagrams and excellent quality black-and-white photos."--School Library Journal"Bernstein's quotations from Einstein's letters make the book a lively and memorable reflection of the man behind the public figure."--Booklistshow more

About Jeremy Bernstein

Jeremy Bernstein has been a professor of physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology since 1967 and was a staff writer for the New Yorker until 1993. Dr. Bernstein has written more than 12 books on popular science and mountain travel, including Three Degrees Above Zero and Cranks, Quarks, and the Cosmos. He lives in New York City and Aspen, Colorado.show more

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