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Einstein: His Life and Universe (Original 2007; 2007. Auflage)

von Walter Isaacson (Autor)

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The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. Biographer 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 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.--From publisher description.… (mehr)
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Titel:Einstein: His Life and Universe
Autoren:Walter Isaacson (Autor)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2007), Edition: 1st, 675 pages
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Einstein: His Life and Universe von Walter Isaacson (2007)

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Isaacson does an absolutely wonderful job at introducing us to one of the most scientifically gifted and pacifistic souls to have lived.

Einstein was truly an inspiring human being, ardent in his belief of internationalism and his distaste for nationalism. He was kind-hearted, compassionate, and caring to the whole of the human race; at the same time he could be detached and austere when it came to his family. He would stand aloof from the pains of personal relationships and would prefer instead the comforts of solitude, where he would lose himself in scientific reverie.

Working as a Swiss Patent Office clerk afforded him a quiet environment in which he had time to dive into his equations and ponder his thought experiments. His annus mirabilis came in 1905, when he released five papers that would upend both Newtonian physics and scientific dogma on its ear.

For the rest of his life he spoke out against war and preached the importance of peace and understanding. He struggled to concede with the uncertainties and randomness of quantum physics and believed until his death that there existed an overall uniformity in the cosmos. God, he said multiple times, didn't play dice. He searched in vain for a unified field theory that unfortunately never came to fruition.

I found this book to be mentally stimulating. Isaacson does a great job at explaining General and Special Relativity. It did take me a couple of slow re-readings of his explanations and a handful of Youtube videos to grasp the concept. I can comfortably say I have a very (very!) basic understanding. How Einstein was able to formulate these theories is astounding. You can't help but aspire to emulate him. A wonderful soul he was. I wish I could've met him.

A highly recommended read. ( )
1 abstimmen ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
Enjoyable. Some parts were a slog for me, esp. some of the early years and the early years of marriage. But, it generally gained steam as it went along. Provided some good insights into the man and his work. ( )
  tgraettinger | Nov 30, 2020 |
Baseando-se em cartas e documentos inéditos revela um génio simples e afável.Albert Einstein é um dos maiores ícones da nossa era: o amável refugiado da opressão de cabelo emaranhado, olhos cintilantes, benevolência sedutora e inteligência extraordinária cuja face se tornou um símbolo, e o nome um sinónimo  de genialidade. Desde a infância, foi um rebelde e um inconformista. O seu carácter, a sua criatividade e a sua imaginação interligavam-se e orientaram-lhe a vida e a ciência. Nesta primeira biografia completa desde que todos os textos de Einstein ficaram disponíveis, Walter Issacson mostra-nos não só como a sua mente funciona, mas apresenta-nos também uma maravilhosa e distinta descrição dos mistérios do universo que ele descobriu - e do autêntico ser humano por detrás dos mesmos. Einstein pôs em causa conhecimentos convencionais e maravilhou-se com mistérios que outros consideravam mundanos, o que esteve na origem do seu sucesso, levando-o a abraçar uma moral e uma política baseadas no respeito pela liberdade de espírito e pela individualidade. Rejeitava a tirania e via na tolerância uma condição necessária a qualquer sociedade criativa. Tudo isto o ajudou a converter-se num rebelde que reverenciava a harmonia da natureza, apresentando uma mistura exacta de imaginação e sabedoria capaz de transformar a nossa compreensão do universo.Brilhantemente redigido e irresistivelmente acessível, Einstein: a sua vida e universo é um retrato.
  LuisFragaSilva | Nov 8, 2020 |
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Interesting story about Einstein and about his theories as well as his life. The book is abridged and I could hear where it was cut from time to time, and wished it were not abridged. But still worth hearing.

We get to know a little about Einstein as a boy (no, he did not fail math) and the significant influences in his life. Throughout the book we are reminded how important those influences were: were he not prone to flouting authority, questioning assumptions, taking chances, it is likely he would never have entered into thinking about physics the way that he did.

In his early life he was lucky to go to a school that emphasized "thought experiments". "What if...." Einstein was a theoretical rather than a practical physicist, one who relied on others to test his theories. His mind wandered freely, and it's true that he was "absent-minded" in regular life yet totally focused when working.

In school he met a young woman who was also pursuing the sciences, who was especially good at math. She was small and not beautiful and prickly at times, but he fell for her. Einstein's parents did not want him to marry her, and this led to a life of clandestine love for a time. A time during which she became pregnant and, while living in Serbia she gave birth. Einstein was still in Switzerland at the time and never saw his daughter. Nothing is known for certain of what became of her.

After the two finally married Marij gave birth to two sons. By all accounts, their father took an interest in them both, yet was not well able to cope when he found that his younger son had severe mental difficulties.

Einstein wanted love and a family but his life revolved around physics. He became increasingly distant from his wife and children, although later tried to mend at least his relationship with his sons.

The book discusses the development of each of Einstein's major theories by providing a lay person's explanation of the theory and a summary of the world's response to it. The physics really provide the core of the book. Yet we see the family man and the political man as well, especially in response to World War II. Einstein renounced his German citizenship to avoid joining the military there, and while he became a pacifist early on, later supported military might to rid the world of Hitler.

The book provides a good basic understanding of the man and his work. I came away from it distressed by his lack of public acceptance of his daughter and his lack of full involvement in family life. Yet I do believe that we can't have it all. If he had been a better family man would he have been as good a physicist? Unlikely. And that is where his head and heart both took him. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
A wonderful biography of a unique, fascinating and enthralling person. The author brings freshness to this much-written subject by drawing on voluminous personal correspondence that remained sealed for 50 years following Einstein's death. The book is a remarkable achivement by being both highly readable and accessible, and providing scientifically sound explantaions for the lay person of complex concepts of physics. As a history of science, of the early 20th century, and as a perspective on one of the most engaging and innovative personalities ever, this book is total education and refreshment. Especially moving is the fundamental thread of Einstein's personality as a lifelong quest for unifying principles, married to unsentimental devotion to reason, logic and a faith in the comprehensibility of the universe. (Good luck with that one.) ( )
  oatleyr | Aug 22, 2020 |
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The leader of the group, Mrs. Randolph Frothingham (who, given this context, seemed as if her distinguished family name had been conjured up by Dickens), submitted a sixteen-page typed memo to the U.S. State Department detailing reasons to "refuse and withhold such passport visa to Professor Einstein."
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The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. Biographer 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 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.--From publisher description.

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