A Biography

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Albert Einstein is an icon of the twentieth century. Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, he is most famous for his theory of relativity. He also made enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and cosmology, and for his work he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921. A self-pronounced pacifist, humanist, and, late in his life, democratic socialist, Einstein was also deeply concerned with the social impact of his discoveries.   Much of Einstein's life is shrouded in legend. From popular images and advertisements to various works of theater and fiction, he has come to signify so many things. In Einstein: A Biography , Jürgen Neffe presents a clear and probing portrait of the man behind the myth. Unearthing new documents, including a series of previously unknown letters from Einstein to his sons, which shed new light on his role as a father, Neffe paints a rich portrait of the tumultuous years in which Einstein lived and worked. And with a background in the sciences, he describes and contextualizes Einstein's enormous contributions to our scientific legacy.   Einstein , a breakout bestseller in Germany, is sure to be a classic biography of the man and proverbial genius who has been called "the brain of the [twentieth] century."
Uniform Title: Einstein. English
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374146641
Branch Call Number: B EINSTEIN ALBERT
Characteristics: x, 461 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 28, 2008

Let me start by saying that I'm a fan of biographies. I love getting to know the person behind the public persona. But the problem with this book is that it's a snooze-fest. I suppose if you are a real fan of physics, you might enjoy this, but to me it was more of a textbook about the Theory of Relativity than a biography of Einstein. I started out reading it faithfully, then took to skimming, and then wound up skipping whole chapters. In the end, I just didn't care. This was not my favorite read!


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