Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe authors' second in a series of ``life in science'' biographies, after Stephen Hawking , is aimed more toward the general reader than the specialist; a slightly didactic tone even suggests a young adult audience. Although Gribbin and White do not avoid real physics, nor the corollary metaphysics that give their subject his iconic halo, their examination of Einstein's (1879-1955) life and career makes for considerably less rigorous reading than Abraham Pais's Subtle Is the Lord , which, published in 1982, is the most recent full Einstein biography. Purposefully directing themselves to examine the origins of Einstein's contributions (``If you want to know how often Einstein brushed his teeth, you will not find the answer in our book''), the authors have crafted a deft invitation to further reading. (Mar.)
Library JournalThis biography of Einstein, by the authors of Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science ( LJ 5/1/92), provides both an insightful and well-balanced portrait of the man as well as clearly explained analyses of his scientific contributions. Well researched, it includes a reference to other works about Einstein, extensive notes, and a thorough index. The paradoxical or seemingly contradictory characteristics that Einstein embodies are objectively considered and placed in perspective. Likewise, given the technical credentials of the authors, Einstein's scientific output and its effect on the scientific community are thoroughly evaluated. An enjoyable and educational book to read.-- Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.
Denise Perry DonavinThe authors of "Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science" (1992) have again collaborated, this time to create a study of both the life and the scientific principles of the greatest modern thinker. Einstein's illumination of relativity and quantum theory is put in perspective not only with events in his life but also with the scientific sphere and political world he inhabited. The effects of the first and second world wars on his life and work are detailed, along with his apparently dichotomous evolution as a pacifist and a Zionist. The authors manage to dismiss many mysteries and myths while revealing new information, such as Einstein's FBI portfolio and possible schizophrenia. The result is a strong portrait of the personality and great achievements of a sublime individual.
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