In 1905, Albert Einstein virtually rewrote the textbooks of science; since then, physics has been little more than a series of footnotes to the theories of a 26 year old patent office clerk. This biography vividly portrays a rebellious and contradictory figure, who helped build the atom bomb but was horrified by the forces he had unleashed.
Peter D. Smith writes: “With his wild hair and soulful eyes, Einstein became a 20th century magician in the popular imagination. Like Marilyn Monroe or Che Guevara, Einstein has become an icon of the 20th century, his name synonymous with genius.
Peter D. Smith writes for The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement; he is the author of Metaphor and Materiality: German Literature and the World View of Science.
'Peter Smith writes with admirable simplicity...this is a marvellous book' Daily Telegraph 'Einstein's complicated character is all here. He was a world celebrity, influential on high events and policies. But there was more to him than science and violin playing: his life as a young man includes episodes that would have been pounced on by today's tabloids ... Concise, complete, well produced and lively throughout ...' -- Roy Herbert New Scientist
|Maths, Music and Magnetism (1879-1894)||p. 1|
|The Relentlessly Strict Angels (1894-1900)||p. 19|
|The Battle of Dollie (1896-1903)||p. 35|
|Five Papers that Changed the World (1902-1905)||p. 50|
|The Happiest Thought of My Life (1906-1915)||p. 75|
|Eclipsing Newton (1916-1933)||p. 93|
|The Struggle for Truth (1933-1955)||p. 114|
|List of Works||p. 154|
|Further Reading||p. 159|
|Picture Sources||p. 164|
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Series: Life & Times
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 14th March 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.271