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In this accessible and affectionate biography of the 20th century's most famous theoretical physicist, Walter Isaacson recounts the public and private life of Albert Einstein, making his abstruse theories understandable while capturing the unique qualities of Einstein's personality, including his maverick approach to authority. Isaacson presents an engaging narrative of Einstein's childhood, his years in the patent office, his struggle to clarify his theories, and his marriages. He provides a fair and balanced account of Einstein's world-view, his take on God and religion and his evolving identity as a Jew, as well as his reaction to the atomic bomb and his efforts on behalf of world peace. There is much to savor in Isaacson's presentation , as he delights in Einstein's deft handling of the spotlight, as well as his tendency to provoke his attentive public with remarks that, whether playful or serious, were often eminently quotable. The many stories in EINSTEIN: HIS LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE add up to one grand, unified life.
A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein's papers offers insight into his contributions to science, in an account that describes the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance.
Number of Pages: 675
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Science, History
Sub-Genre: Science + Technology, General
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Walter Isaacson
Street Date: May 13, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1797
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