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
  • 55,948

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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 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 Indexshow more

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