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Einstein's German World

Einstein's German World

by Fritz Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691074585

ISBN-13: 9780691074580

Pub. Date: 03/26/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"This wide-ranging collection of essays reminds us again that Fritz Stern is a living national treasure—in both Germany and the United States. It will interest and delight anyone who wishes to think deeply about how and why Germany, with all its potential, wrecked the century that it tried to dominate, and left a legacy that haunts us still. From Einstein to

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"This wide-ranging collection of essays reminds us again that Fritz Stern is a living national treasure—in both Germany and the United States. It will interest and delight anyone who wishes to think deeply about how and why Germany, with all its potential, wrecked the century that it tried to dominate, and left a legacy that haunts us still. From Einstein to Goldhagen, Fritz Stern shows us again the extraordinary depth of his historical insights, and raises our understanding to a different level."—Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

"Stern gives us penetrating character sketches of eminent Jews in pre-Nazi Germany, and he makes us feel for those whose lives ended in tragedy."—Max Perutz, Nobel Laureate in chemistry and author of I Wish I'd Made You Angry Earlier: Essays on Science, Scientists, and Humanity

"Stern, prominent historian of Germany, who knew Einstein personally, a cousin of the late Otto Stern, intimate friend of Einstein, is uniquely qualified to write of Einstein's world. His main essay on Einstein and Haber, Stern's godfather, brilliantly sketches the contrast between those who saw the Nazi threat in time and those who saw it too late. A splendid book."—Abraham Pais, Rockefeller University, author of A Tale of Two Continents and Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and Life of Albert Einstein

"The essays are clearly from a master's hand—well-crafted, thoughtful, learned, and wise. The biographical essays display Stern's gifts as a portraitist. With a few swift and confident strokes, he captures a series of extraordinary characters at moments of personal and public crisis. The historiographical essays display the author's critical intelligence and synthetic ability."—James Sheehan, Stanford University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691074580
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Sales rank:
414,069
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author
Introduction ..... 3

Part 1: The Promise of German Life
Chapter 1: Paul Ehrlich: The Founder of Chemotherapy ..... 13
Chapter 2: Max Planck and the Trials of His Times ..... 35
Chapter 3: Together and Apart: Fritz Haber and Albert Einstein ..... 59
Chapter 4: Walther Rathenau and the Vision of Modernity ..... 165

Part 2: The Great War and Consequent Terrors
Chapter 5: Historians and the Great War: Private Experience and Public Explication ..... 199
Chapter 6: Chaim Weizmann and Liberal Nationalism ..... 223
Chapter 7: Freedom and Its Discontents: The Travails of the New Germany ..... 253
Chapter 8: The Past Distorted: The Goldhagen Controversy ..... 272
Chapter 9: Lost Homelands: German-Polish Reconciliation ..... 289

Notes ..... 303
Acknowledgments ..... 325
Index ..... 329

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