Einstein by Walter Isaacson


By Walter Isaacson

  • Publication Date: 2007-04-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4 (From 303 Ratings)

Book Overview

By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Awesome!

    By Uggs Myster
    I have no Physics understanding and never taken a class on it. With this biography I have gain at least the basic understanding while also learning of the life of a wiz. Awesome author! I love his work!!
  • Compelling read

    By rsiessel
    I found this book to be both stimulating and enjoyable!
  • A delightful read

    By V Azul
    Perfect for those like me who knew little more than e=mc2 about Einstein. This book introduces the reader to the life and character of one of the greats minds. The layman's explanation of the science and good historical context reminds the reader of Einstein's brilliance.
  • Great writing, marred by iBooks

    By Raymond Brigleb
    This is a great book, better in many ways than the subsequent Steve Jobs book. Isaacson does his job pretty well, especially if you are interested in the character and his personal life. That said, I wish the book would have illustrations larger than one square inch. The translation to iBooks did not go well for those who enjoy seeing the people they read so much about.
  • Nationality

    By Lot from Cambodia
    I really cannot understand Einstein's nationality.? Wether he was German, Jew, Swiss or American.? Or in this world with power of globalization, we don't need to have nation. We just be honest, pay tax, protect and enjoy to the place we live for one period of time.?
  • Einstein

    By Owlsreader
    Excellent and so easy to read and to want more; very good reading after or before the "Steve Jobs" book...
  • The mind of a genius

    By Subcomandante
    Mr. Isaacson succeeds in showing all sides of Einstein: his genius, his philosophy, his politics, his flaws, his virtues. An amazingly well documented book. I love how the principles of Einstein's physics are explained to the layman. Hard concepts such as quantum mechanics and relativity without being obscured by advanced mathematics. Excellent book, highly recommended.