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Einstein His Life and Universe (Paperback)

Author:  Walter Isaacson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743264746
ISBN-13: 9780743264747
Sku: 205102014
Publish Date: 5/1/2008
Pages:  675
Age Range:  NA
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A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einsteins papers offers insight into how the iconic thinkers mind worked as well as his contributions to science, in an account that describes his two marriages, his receipt of the Nobel Prize, and the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance. Reprint. 250,000 first printing. *Author: Isaacson, Walter *Subtitle: His Life and Universe *Publication Date: 2008/05/13 *Number of Pages: 675 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 9.75 *Height: 6.00
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By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.

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.

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.
Author Bio
Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson has won critical acclaim for his biographies of such figures as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. "The best way to convey ideas and values is through the tales of people. That's been true since the Bible," he has told interviewers. Isaacson, who holds degrees from Harvard College and Oxford University, began his professional career as a newspaper reporter, and in 1978 he joined the staff of Time magazine, ultimately working his way up from political correspondent to managing editor. He has also held leadership posts at CNN and the Aspen Institute. Despite the demands of those high-profile positions, Isaacson, who lives in Washington, D.C., finds time to regularly publish well-regarded and comprehensive biographies. His 2007 book on Einstein was a favorite of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who handpicked Isaacson to be his biographer. (Although Isaacson initially refused, believing that Jobs was too young and had too many accomplishments ahead of him to warrant a book-length biography, he relented when he realized that the tech entrepreneur, then ill with cancer, might not have long to live.) Jobs was, Isaacson realized, exactly the type of subject he found fascinating. "Sometimes we divide people, the people who are the science geeks and the people who are the humanities geeks," he has explained. "[But] in some ways it's the combination of the humanities and the science that leads to great creativity. You see that in Ben Franklin, you see it in Albert Einstein, and you see it, of course, in Steve Jobs." The Jobs biography, published in 2011, sold almost 400,000 copies in its first week alone and was among the top-selling books of the year.


"If any 600-page book about relativity can be described as a page-turner, EINSTEIN: HIS LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE is it." - Corey S. Powell 05/20/2007

"[Isaacson] brings Einstein's human side into sharp focus and even manages to explain the science (and why it matters) clearly and accurately." - Thomas Hayden 04/20/2007

"[A] thorough, comprehensive, affectionate new biography...." - John Updike 04/02/2007

"...Walter Isaacson has written a narrative masterpiece that merges into a seamless whole two worlds that are usually separated by a great divide--scientific exposition and literary style. This is a great read by a great writer about a great man--a biographical perfect storm." - Michael Shermer 05/09/2007

"[T]his is a warm, insightful, affectionate portrait with a human and immensely charming Einstein at its core...With the help of many witty, candid letters, Mr. Isaacson offers a wonderfully rounded portrait of the ever-surprising Einstein personality. Equally important is the Einstein myth, and the material on this subject is even more entertaining....[T]roughout the book Mr. Isaacson asks the right questions....And he answers them with the clear, broad grasp of complex issues that make this book an illuminating delight." - Janet Maslin 04/09/2007

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