Einstein: The Life of a Genius

Einstein: The Life of a Genius

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by Walter Isaacson
     
 

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From Walter Isaacson, the New York Times bestselling author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, comes Einstein: The Life of a Genius, a unique new look at the 20th century scientific icon featuring 180 stunning photographs and rare removable facsimile documents. In this compelling and provocative biography, Isaacson draws on new

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From Walter Isaacson, the New York Times bestselling author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, comes Einstein: The Life of a Genius, a unique new look at the 20th century scientific icon featuring 180 stunning photographs and rare removable facsimile documents. In this compelling and provocative biography, Isaacson draws on new research and personal documents belonging to Einstein only recently made available to reveal the fascinating man behind the science, from his early years and experiments to his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

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Library Journal
12/01/2014
While most everyone thinks of the absentminded professor, E=mc2, or general relativity when the name Albert Einstein comes up, Isaacson (CEO, Aspen Inst.; Steve Jobs) wants readers to remember the human being behind the 20th-century revolutions of space-time and quantum mechanics. To this end, the author juxtaposes a light biography of Einstein (1879–1955) with artifacts from the great physicist's life: photographs, letters, postcards and the like, grounding this ethereal mind in the material world. Also included are brief introductions to individuals who had a major role in the subject's life as well as to major intellectual, social, and political developments of his time. While much of the work reads as hagiography, Isaacson particularly succeeds in rounding out the man when he discusses Einstein's growing interest in nuclear disarmament and civil rights and through the letters that are included—whereas the author may gloss over Einstein's poor treatment of his first, abandoned child, or his cruelty with his first wife, the physicist's letters demonstrate his occasional coldness and solipsism. VERDICT This is a fine, brief introduction to a major figure of the 20th century, but it contains nothing earth shattering. The book will be of particular interest to avid Isaacson fans and has great YA crossover potential.—Evan M. Anderson, Kirkendall P.L., Ankeny, IA

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ISBN-13:
9780233002712
Publisher:
Andr Deutsch
Publication date:
11/28/2009

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