Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson 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....Continua
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 agree with the man it is about quite definitively. I blame the dry, factual, mundane way History in High School used to drag me through learning and I have never been able to shake off the ill feeling and shudders that come over me whenever a non-fiction book comes along. This one was a delight, wish all teaching books were this good....Continua
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 insight in the life of Einstein, very interesting :)...Continua
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 Theories." Though these theories are famous, there are still few people can fully grasp the essence of them. Einstein has given us not just the theories that help us decipher the secret of the universe, it also enforces the philosophical meanings of fulfilling human's curiosity that differs our beings from others.
Issacson continued his comprehensive natural of his biographical works. A lot of information and materials are revealed in the book that support facts for Einstein's life. Like the one for Benjamin Franklin, I see a thick book with abundant information, but I cannot feel the soul of the person from the biographer tried to depict....Continua
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 with a greater appreciation for his unparallelled genius in the context in the world and times. A bit on the long side, but very informative and enjoyable....Continua
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.