His Life and Universe

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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

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.


Ha scritto il 30/05/12
An insight into a great man by a writer who does bore you to death.
I had to abandon this book for awhile, not because of the way it's written, which is smooth, informing and quite like a fictional novel. It is my brain and the way I think that made me abandon it early, even though I was thoroughly enjoying and agre ...Continua
Ha scritto il 15/02/12
I found it a bit hard to read as it jumps up and down through history, and you always have to think back to what you read previously. also I found it a bit repetitive, I guess it could have been written in 2/3 of the pages... that said, it was a good ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 23/01/10
Quantum Life of Einstein
I have picked up this book at the same time while I was reading "A briefer History of Time." These two books make a good companion.

No doubt it is difficult to write Einstein's Biography with his most famous "Special and General Relativity
Ha scritto il 28/02/08
An excellent, eye-opening and very well read biography of one of the world's most notorious non-conformists. Isaacson brings insight into the man behind the well-known persona and shares the all too human flaws that Einstein possessed right along wit ...Continua
Ha scritto il 01/10/07
Mr. Isaacson had access to the previously sealed Einstein Correspondence Trust. His rendering of Albert and his family and his correspondents makes his genius as humane as I've read it.

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