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Einstein : His Life and Universe - Walter Isaacson


His Life and Universe

Paperback Published: 11th August 2008
ISBN: 9781847390547
Number Of Pages: 704

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Einstein is the great icon of our age: the kindly refugee from oppression whose wild halo of hair, twinkling eyes, engaging humanity and extraordinary brilliance made his face a symbol and his name a synonym for genius. He was a rebel and nonconformist from boyhood days. His character, creativity and imagination were related, and they drove both his life and his science. In this marvellously clear and accessible narrative, Walter Isaacson explains how his mind worked and the mysteries of the universe that he discovered.

Einstein's success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a worldview based on respect for free spirits and free individuals. All of which helped make Einstein into a rebel but with a reverence for the harmony of nature, one with just the right blend of imagination and wisdom to transform our understanding of the universe. This new biography, the first since all of Einstein's papers have become available, is the fullest picture yet of one of the key figures of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Walter Isaacson is president of the Aspen Institute. He has been chairman and CEO of CNN and managing editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of several books including the US bestseller Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.

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"This is a brilliant intellectual tapestry -- and a great read. Skillfully weaving Einstein's revolutionary scientific achievements, his prolific political initiatives, his complex personal life, and his fascinating personality, Isaacson has transformed the transformer of the twentieth century into a beacon for the twenty-first century." -- Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor of "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer," winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography

A fascinating very readable book about a most remarkable man


I was dubious at first when I started reading this wonderful book, but I quickly could not put it down! Isaacson's writing style is so clear, concise, engaging & often humorous, which encapsulates the very nature of the great man himself (Einstein); so anybody can read this biography to get something from it and from many levels of understanding. I myself have learnt so much more from this historical perspective about just how the astonishing ideas/ concepts of Relativity Theory came about (& much more besides) that has really helped me greatly increase my already not insubstantial understandings, of these most profound principles/ laws that underlie the nature of reality (& hence I will certainly be going back again & again to this book for ongoing help and inspiration!). I have also learnt so much more about Einstein's unique nature as a brilliant & complex individual Human Being, which I can very much relate to myself, within my own unique life. Einstein is to me the quintessential individualist (& hence for my one of my very few heroes, along with other brilliant individuals like Nikola Tesla for example) & this very quality was exactly what allowed his genius to rise above all the other geniuses of his day. Sadly these days however, those very rare gems of individuals like Einstein are having their spirits crushed (along with their different & unique ideas/ theories) by increasingly oppressive political correctness (i.e. modern day P.C. Nazis) & official unproven (hence non-scientific) dogma that both Einstein & especially Ernst Mach would especially hate, as well as most people these days, annoyingly always wanting to be "liked" on social media etc. (& on every subject, both important & stupid!). If so called Democracies? of this day continue along this scary modern? road, then I seriously doubt my grandchildren will ever have a chance to read a fabulous book like this, about such a rare, brilliant, lovable maveric as Albert Einstein, from my day! Regards,

N.S.W. Australia



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ISBN: 9781847390547
ISBN-10: 1847390544
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 11th August 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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