Einstein : His Life and Universe

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By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk--a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate--became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 675 pages
  • 154 x 226 x 44mm | 938.93g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • , black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • 0743264746
  • 9780743264747
  • 12,703

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-This book does an amazing job getting the science right and the man revealed.- -- Sylvester James Gates, Professor of Physics at the University of Marylandshow more

Table of contents

Main CharactersThe Light-Beam RiderChildhood, 1879--1896The Zurich Polytechnic, 1896-1900The Lovers, 1900-1904The Miracle Year: Quanta and Molecules, 1905Special Relativity, 1905The Happiest Thought, 1906-1909The Wandering Professor, 1909-1914General Relativity, 1911-1915Divorce, 1916-1919Einstein's Universe, 1916-1919Fame, 1919The Wandering Zionist, 1920-1921Nobel Laureate, 1921-1927Unified Field Theories, 1923-1931Turning Fifty, 1929-1931Einstein's GodThe Refugee, 1932-1933America, 1933-1939Quantum Entanglement, 1935The Bomb, 1939-1945One-Worlder, 1945-1948Landmark, 1948-1953Red Scare, 1951-1954Epilogue Einstein's Brain and Einsteins MindThe End, 1955SourcesNotesIndexshow more

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