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Starting with a review of the evidence supporting Einstein’s rebel image, Sonnert confronts it with counterevidence that suggests his traditionalist side. The apparent contradiction is resolved through an extensive study of the cultural landscape of nineteenth-century Germany. Sonnert takes a close look at the German concept of Kultur, laying special emphasis on the related ideas of Weltanschauung and Weltbild, two German terms representing particular types of worldviews.
Einstein and Culture demonstrates how strongly Einstein’s physical research program was driven by a pivotal cultural goal: the quest for the synthesis of a scientific worldview (Weltbild). His was the rebellion of the idealistic radical in the name of Kultur against its perceived failings and shortcomings. Sonnert also shows that Einstein’s quest was deeply motivated by a broadly defined religious impulse. Here again, the physicist reveals himself to be a true creature of Kultur, epitomizing the German scientist-priest.
In conclusion, Sonnert argues that the mass exodus during the Nazi regime of German scientists and intellectuals, including Einstein, marked a demise of Kultur. However, this cataclysm also resulted in a fertile synthesis between the German Kultur-inspired science and the quite different American scientific tradition.
Einstein and Culture is a fascinating, insightful, and original study of a neglected aspect of Einstein’s life and work.
|1||Rebel or Traditionalist?||19|
|1.1||Determinants of Scientific Genius||20|
|2.1||Kultur and Bildung||51|
|2.2||Kultur and Zivilisation||57|
|3||Weltanschauung and Weltbild||71|
|4||Kultur and Science||127|
|4.1||National Styles of Science||129|
|4.2||Science Claims Kultur||135|
|4.3||Science as Religion||144|
|5||Weltanschauung and Weltbild in the Sciences||183|
|5.1||History of Scientific Weltanschauung and Weltbild||184|
|5.2||Different Groups of Scientists-Different Strategies||228|
|6||Albert Einstein's Background||257|
|6.1||Jews and Kultur||258|
|6.2||Einstein's Family in the Nineteenth Century||261|
|7||Rebellion and Tradition: Roots of Einstein's Physical Weltbild||277|
|7.2||The Cultural Thema of Einstein's Physics||279|
|8||Philosophy and Cosmic Religion: Einstein's Weltanschauung||295|
|9||Einstein and America: The Priest and the Tinkerers||327|