EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE BY WALTER ISAACSON EBOOK
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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. Read "Einstein His Life and Universe" by Walter Isaacson available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. By the author of the. As much as we've heard about Albert Einstein's brilliance, has any of it been set apart from him scientific success? As we see here in Einstein, Albert Eintein was .
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View all 10 comments. Nov 04, Bonnie rated it it was amazing. My brother-in-law recommended this biography in There are eleven pages of sources alone! This book is meticulously researched, beautifully written, fascinating, inspiring, and wonderful on every level. Explanations of scientific theories are clear and restated many, many times in different ways. Einstein believed deeply in intellectual freedom and he was a nonconformist first and foremost. Although distinct in most ways, both quests reflected his instincts for transcendent order.
But in that regard he was in the tradition of some venerable strands in the fabric of American character: To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Advice offered to his step-daughters in on how to live a moral life: Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. And one life is enough for me. View 1 comment. I recognised the great work that he did regarding General and Special Relativity, the Photoelectric Effect and Brownian Motion - brilliant stuff. But why does Einstein get wheeled out for every portrayal of a great scientist?
Why does everyone feel the need to quote the guy regarding religion, education, happiness, sociology This really annoyed me - and I guess it still does. In an education lecture a few weeks ago the lecturer gave an Einstein quote on learning.
And it immediately got my hackles up. Did Einstein even teach? I guess as an academic he must have taught someone. And I had to look it up. It seems his undergrad degree was in physics and education. Ok, maybe an education quote might be legit from this guy. So this prompted my to pull this volume from my to-read bookshelf might be bigger than this, shhhhh and open it up. And damn did I learn a lot about the details of his life.
The book was for most part engaging and fascinating. It helped fill in a lot of details on what I already knew about the events in physics and chemistry from the late 19th to mid 20th century. Non-science people: I found this very accessible - not too much jargon at all. But the wonderful Diane said there was a bit of ultra-tough physics in here, however nothing you couldn't skip.
So, how do I stand on Einstein quotes now? Well I'm more open to appropriate ones. The guy was very intelligent in matters of physics and math. So make it rain with equations and thought experiments. Teaching quotes: No- fail on the education front. Any other quotes: Quit it with the psychology, sociology quotes. Actually, the guy spent most of his life trying to refute quantum mechanics.
And look at it now. God plays so much dice that Las Vegas is embarrassed. View all 7 comments. View all 4 comments. I am not calling him great for what he did for science, but for the kind of person he was. He will appeal to those of you who like non-conformists, people with imagination and curiosity.
Now there is a lot of physics in this book, and there are sections that went over my head. This annoyed me. Although it is not a criticism of the author, but rather a criticism of myself, IF the author had managed to make clear for me more of the scientific theories, I would have to call the book amazing.
General and special relativity, gravitation and quantum mechanics they do all belong in this book, they should not be removed. I understand more than when I began, but I have far to go.
He would imagine a physical happening in his head, be it an elevator in free-fall or a bug crawling around a branch, and he would ask himself what would happen and how does the bug see the world around him. Others criticize how Einstein treated his family. He did love his family. All people do not express love in the same way.
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Is there humor in the book? Yes, mostly in some of the things Einstein said. You get history too. McCarthyism and Stalinism and Nazism. What role did he play? What was his role exactly in the development of atomic weapons, and more importantly how did he see the world afterwards.
He thought there should be a world organization that controlled all atomic weapons. Could this have ever worked? All of this is discussed.
Religion is discussed too.
According to Einstein, it is the absence of miracles that proves the existence of divine providence. It is the laws of nature that so magnificently explain the world around us and that inspire awe. His belief in science was very close to his religiosity. They are one and the same thing.
Einstein in a nutshell: Einstein was a kind, unpretentious, humble man. I really, really liked this book. I wish I could speak with Einstein himself. Even though he was great he would have talked to me. He was never showy or saw himself as the extraordinary person that he was.
Another interesting question: I mean, in spirit. Or was he a citizen of the world? I listened to the audiobook narrated by Edward Herrmann. The narration was clear and at a perfect speed. The science sections were hard. For those of you who are reading this to better understand physics, maybe it is better to read the paper book, where it is easier to stop and THINK!
Oh, I forgot to say this — when Einstein got the Nobel Prize, which by the way was not for relativity, he explained his scientific theories over and over.
This made me feel a lot better when I found myself becoming confused. I read the book to meet the man, and I really enjoyed it. View all 29 comments. Jul 18, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: On the suggestion of my friend Al, I acquired and recently finished the recent Einstein biography by Walter Isaacson.
He also wrote one on Franklin which I will read soon as well. As for the Einstein biography, it is about pages long follow by 90 pages of footnotes and references and 50 pages of index. It covers his life and attempts to explain some of his theories.
I found that the first half about his childhood and momentous discoveries in was exciting. The photoelectric effect proving the existence of atoms Brownian motion, special relativity, and the equivalence of matter and energy were all there. It took him another 10 years to get from the special theory to the general theory of relativity.
Interesting to note as well was the innate marketing in Einstein to simplify formulas to their more palatable essence: Isaacson often takes time to demonstrate how Einstein was constantly in wonder at the universe around him and convinced that there was some relatively simple rules hiding there waiting to be discovered by some distant omniscient deity. His further quest for general relatively was similarly passionate reading particularly in the race with a Swedish mathematician David Hildbert to find the final formula.
It is a bit harder to remember and understand than the special theory but contains the famous cosmological constant that bugged him ever after. The book kind of slows down and loses a little focus after this initial rush. The author organized the books on common themes rather than using a chronological account. I am more a fan of the latter such as the 2-volume Faulkner biography by Blotner that remains my favorite so this one left me a little wanting.
Certainly not the best biography I ever read but not the worst either. View all 5 comments. Aug 01, Jamie rated it really liked it. A while back I had tried to read Walter Isaacson's biography on Benjamin Franklin, but just couldn't get through it because the author mired everything down in pointless details.
Despite that, I decided to give his more recent book about famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein a try. If it turned out to be boring, I'd just drop it. Turned out, I loved it. What I loved about Isaacon's book here is the way it delicately balances three aspects: I could see how someone setting out to write this book might want to focus on just one or two of these facets, but that would really be missing a huge opportunity.
Each member of this trio of topics interacts with each other, and Isaacson finds ways to discuss two or more of them within the same passage. We get interesting little tidbits about Einstein's personal life and character, but we see how those things impacted the way he pursued his scientific work and thinking, and how that body of work turn defined or, later, ran counter to the entire field of physics.
Seeing how all these pieces intersected and linked was fascinating. It's all pretty well written, too. We get neat little anecdotes about Einstein like how contrary to popular belief he never failed math, or how he married his cousin, had four citizenships, or how --SPOILER ALERT-- the coroner who performed his autopsy stole his fricking brain and kept it in a jar for years while periodically giving out pieces of it to friends.
I'll admit that when Isaacson would go off on a lecture about special or general relativity my eyes would glaze over while trying to follow his discussion of say four-sided triangles in non-Euclidean space or whatever, but at least some of the time it was written at a level I could follow, at least conceptually. Enough to understand the impact it had on the field, at least until Einstein's own theories were supplanted by quantum theory.
If I have any criticism of the book, it's that while Isaacson does an admirable job of placing Einstein's achievements within the context of scientific discoveries at that time, what he fails to do is give us much perspective on how much --if anything-- the modern science of today owes to Einstein and his theories. What did Einstein get wrong, and what parts of his theories have been crowded out by the inevitable march of scientific progress?
Didn't say. All in all, though, I found the book fascinating and would recommend it. I think I may go back and give the Ben Franklin book another shot. View 2 comments. Dec 09, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: His Life and Universe is but a mere pinch of Einstein's theories mixed in with a modest helping of his life.
The brevity was too my taste as I was only in the mood for a tiny taste of Einstein bio. Too much of the genuis' theory is liable to give me brain-freeze, so this was perfect. And done just the way I like it, tight and to the point. Jul 23, Andrej Karpathy rated it really liked it. This was my second read of an Einstein biography, this time by Isaacson. Coming from Isaacson, the book is well-written and seemed very thoroughly researched.
Overall a great read, but if I had to complain my biggest issue is that the emphasis was not allocated very well.
Conversely, some very interesting portions of his life are under-represented. In one chapter he publishes his streak of papers, and in what feels like a few pages later he is a scientific celebrity. This period, where the community is discovering and processing him as a person from nowhere who made sudden and large contributions is among the most interesting, and very sparsely covered. This book was written in but so few of these interesting retrospectives are present that it may have as well been published in I thought this was a huge missed opportunity.
A few more fun parts of the book I enjoyed: An interesting view, expanded on nicely in the book. Most people felt strongly that he should get one, but the situation was more politically charged than may seem at a first glance. In the end, Einstein received the Nobel for photoelectric effect, not for his much more impactful theory of general relativity.
Luckily, it turns out that a patent office is not a bad place for an academic tenure. I wish we did. The irony is that many established senior scientists were on the defense of the old order when Einstein first formulated GR, and now here he was much later as an established senior scientist stubbornly defending the old order in face of attacks from QM. This irony was not lost on Einstein at all either, but he still refused to correct for this persistently observed bias across history.
I developed a new appreciation for Einstein after reading the book, and there were plenty of fun parts and anecdotes that made this quite worth the read. This is an incredibly well researched, detailed account of all aspects of Einstein's life, personal, scientific and political that I can highly recommend to anybody interested.
I learned heaps I didn't know and had the record set straight on a number of points, mainly regarding Einstein's political views, how they changed over time and his level of support for setting up the Manhattan Project. I read the book with a specific research agenda, which was to independently form an opinion as to whethe This is an incredibly well researched, detailed account of all aspects of Einstein's life, personal, scientific and political that I can highly recommend to anybody interested.
I read the book with a specific research agenda, which was to independently form an opinion as to whether Einstein was autistic, an idea not first suggested by me and not on the author's mind either. Yep, autisticker than an autistic person with autism.
Towards the end there is an account of how Einstein was affected by and responded to McCarthyism. He was opposed, seeing in it the oppression of free speech and free thought characteristic of both Fascism and Communism.
The author takes the view that McCarthyism was a passing fad, doomed to fail in the long term because of the greatness of the American Constitution. I found this level of complacency offensive to all the victims of McCarthy, all the people who spoke up in defense of freedoms and all the people who defended the constitution legally. On it's own the constitution is nothing; without those people willing to risk reputation, career, even liberty, would McCarthyism have been a "passing fad"?
Given the current political situation, we need such people more than ever. You disappoint me in this, Isaacson. Einstein, who used his world famous name to stand up for moderation, tolerance and freedom of thought and speech, does not.
Still, overall an excellent book.
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
View all 3 comments. You'll know Albert like your own grandfather after reading this. This book covers the complete life of Albert Einstein, from his childhood he never did fail a math test and early attraction to science and math to his love life, his children, his education, his employment, his many great theories and discoveries, his relationship with all of his famous peers, his rise to public fame, his sincere beliefs in freedom from oppression, 2 world wars, his role with the bomb, and his life in the US.
An You'll know Albert like your own grandfather after reading this. And through it all is modest, humble private life. His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson Nov 02, Alex Telander rated it it was amazing. Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, takes biography writing to a whole new level with Einstein: His Life and Universe. This book shows you the man and human being behind the genius of physics and astronomy, the creator of the theory of relativity.
Do not be fooled by the sheer girth of this page book, Isaacson has a writing style that immediately makes the reader feel calm and at home, sitting in a comfortable chair doing what they love to do. And no, Einstein did not flunk math. But unlike most Einstein biographies, this is only part of the book; another part is the human being behind the incredible brain.
While being a very kind man throughout his life, Einstein also had a thing for the ladies, divorcing his first wife, Maric, of many years due to his infidelity with his second wife and cousin, Elsa, who he would outlive.
Nevertheless, throughout his life Einstein always loved and cared for his children, even his first daughter with Maric who was given up for adoption and remains an obscure detail to history.
Later in life, Hans and Albert became close once again and his son was by his side when Einstein died. The first is his growing up in Germany and then moving to Switzerland, Prague and Berlin.
His genius was there from the beginning, as he mastered calculus at the age of 15, and while working at a patent office began his work on relativity. It took some years before Einstein was granted a professorship in Berlin among his colleagues.
It is during this time that Einstein was at his height and achieved a celebrity status that was very uncommon for a scientist, and where Hitler began his steady rise to power.
While Einstein adamantly declared himself without religion, he never considered himself an atheist but a scientist; however he always considered himself a member of the Jewish culture and with the changes taking place in Germany, he became a prominent spokesmen for the Zionist movement. He had visited the country a number of times during his tours around the world as a proponent of relativity and to meet other scientists at conferences, and was a big supporter of the rights and freedoms inherent in the country.
Read the rest of the review at www. Feb 01, Amy rated it it was amazing. Einstein was a great read - I gained a new appreciation for Einstein as a person and his scientific world. In the beginning of the book, I didn't know quite what to think of Einstein. I couldn't tell if he possessed great confidence or if he crossed over to being arrogant, and I wasn't impressed with how he handled his personal relationships. However, as the book went on, I gained an appreciation for his thirst for knowledge, his independent thinking, confidence, determination, and even kindness Einstein was a great read - I gained a new appreciation for Einstein as a person and his scientific world.
However, as the book went on, I gained an appreciation for his thirst for knowledge, his independent thinking, confidence, determination, and even kindness. I've decided based on comments by Einstein's friends, that he wasn't an arrogant person, but he was a confident, independent thinker who wasn't swayed by the prevailing thoughts in physics and political culture.
Further, Einstein seemed to possess a humility that resulted from his awe of the beauty and order of the universe which he believed was created by God. As he aged, he seemed to develop more of a softness and kindness I didn't see perceive earlier in his life. Near the end of the book, I also became impressed with his political activism and desire to help humanity.
Some of the chapters in the book delve quite a bit into Einstein's physics. These chapters were harder for me to get through, but they did help me gain more of an apprecation for Einstein's work and made me roughly familiar with his world.
Like most biographies, I was familiarized with Einstein's mistakes and flaws, but I also gained a deep respect for his brilliance and character.
Overall, I think this was a well-written biography that was a great read. While this did take me quite a while to finish, I do like it a lot. I just dragged through this over a period as at some point it started to feel a bit dry, but that was more from my state of mind as this was not an easy book to digest.
A bit of history about me and Einstein, not that I know him personally of course! Back in high school, I loved books so much that I was a school librarian. I also had a very early interest in science which was instilled by my father who actually bought me a set o While this did take me quite a while to finish, I do like it a lot.
I also had a very early interest in science which was instilled by my father who actually bought me a set of Science Encyclopedia for kids. And so it happens came across a rather old biography of Albert Einstein in the school library and being intrigued with what made this dude so famous, I proceeded to read it. It was really dry, especially for a teenager, and all I can remember about Einstein was that he was a brilliant non-conformist who didn't shine in school as his thoughts were way ahead of everyone else.
This version of his biography is immensely in-depth. I suppose the length of the audiobook at over 21hrs was probably a good indicator that I was about to embark on quite a journey about the life and universe of Albert Einstein.
The comprehensiveness of this book extends to a simplified understanding of special theory and general theory of relativity, the photoelectric effect and even quantum physics, just to name a few. While most people are aware of his contribution to the scientific field of physics, I am not sure if the same knowledge applies to the majority about his vocality on governments and politics.
And he was also quite an accomplished amateur player of the piano and the violin, with the latter being his instrument of choice. Einstein's personal life was as complex as his scientific thought experiments.
He was in equal measures passionate and yet detached especially when he felt restricted by bonds of relationships. If you have the patience coupled with a keen interest in gleaning into the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century, I definitely recommend this version of Einstein's biography. And I'll close with the following which encapsulated who this amazing man was. He was a loner with an intimate bond to humanity, a rebel who was suffused with reverence.
And thus it was that an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe.
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Contrary to popular myth, the German-Jewish schoolboy Albert Einstein not only excelled in math, he mastered calculus before he was This most recent biography of the famous scientist adds to the body of knowledge, drawing new information from numerous private papers that were released last year. However, as the book went on, I gained an appreciation for his thirst for knowledge, his independent thinking, confidence, determination, and even kindness.
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