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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 675 pages
  • 154 x 226 x 44mm | 938.93g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations; Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0743264746
  • 9780743264747
  • 61,714

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-Once again Walter Isaacson has produced a most valuable biography of a great man about whom much has already been written. It helps that he has had access to important new material. He met the challenge of dealing with his subject as a human being and describing profound ideas in physics. His biography is a pleasure to read and makes the great physicist come alive.- -- Murray Gell-Mann, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics and author of The Quark and the Jaguar
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By the author of the acclaimed bestseller "Benjamin Franklin," this is the first full biography of...
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Table of contents

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