Simply Genius!: And Other Tales from My Life


     An autobiography usually recounts the life of a person who has achieved wide acclaim in one field. But this extraordinary book describes the life of someone who has achieved international acclaim in three fields!

     Ervin Laszlo was a child prodigy on the piano and grew up to become an internationally celebrated virtuoso. By the time he reached his 40s, however, he had become a famous scientist and philosopher, and had written ...

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     An autobiography usually recounts the life of a person who has achieved wide acclaim in one field. But this extraordinary book describes the life of someone who has achieved international acclaim in three fields!

     Ervin Laszlo was a child prodigy on the piano and grew up to become an internationally celebrated virtuoso. By the time he reached his 40s, however, he had become a famous scientist and philosopher, and had written a dozen books and more than a hundred articles. He also taught at major universities in Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. Shortly thereafter, he gained world renown as a global visionary, heading research programs at the United Nations and founding an international think tank (the Club of Budapest).

     But this book is not an autobiography in the traditional sense. In Laszlo’s own words: “I don’t like talking about myself, about what makes me tick and why. Writing about all the things that have happened to me is different. This is storytelling—the telling of a real, lived story: my story, as it unfolded over the years.”

     Join the author on his remarkable journey from his days as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist . . . to his profoundly personal quest to effect positive global transformation!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401929589
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Ervin Laszlo, holder of the highest degree of the Sorbonne (the State Doctorate), is the recipient of four honorary Ph.D.’s and numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2001 Goi Peace Award (the Japanese Peace Prize) and the 2005 Assisi Mandir of Peace Prize. He is the author or editor of more than 80 books and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A former professor of philosophy, systems theory, and futures studies in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East, Laszlo is founder and president of an international think tank (the Club of Budapest), as well as the General Evolution Research Group. He is a member of the International Academy of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, and the Hungarian Academy of Science.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Deepak Chopra ix

Preface xiii

Part I The Grand Adventures

Chapter 1 Simply Genius! 3

Chapter 2 Walks with Uncle Pippa 11

Chapter 3 Surviving in Budapest 17

Chapter 4 Coming Back to Life 29

Chapter 5 A Tale of Two Competitions 35

Chapter 6 Winter in Paris 47

Chapter 7 My Big Day in New York 53

Chapter 8 Oh Lordie, Lordie! 63

Chapter 9 A Surprise Meeting in Washington 69

Chapter 10 The Hazards of Turning Eighteen 75

Part II The Romantic Years

Chapter 11 Romances and Initiations 83

Chapter 12 A True Love Story 99

Chapter 13 Paterfamilias 111

Part III The Quest

Chapter 14 Resolve at Berchtesgaden 123

Chapter 15 Encounter in The Hague 127

Chapter 16 The Incident in Bonn 131

Chapter 17 The Life of an Academic in America 141

Chapter 18 The Call from Princeton 147

Chapter 19 Assignment at the United Nations 155

Part IV The Three Capstone Projects

Chapter 20 Change the World! The Club of Budapest and the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University 169

Chapter 21 Exploring the Akashic Field 187

Chapter 22 Growing On in Tuscany 205

Postscript: Budapest, Mon Amour-My Romance with My Roots 219

Annex: The WorldShift Notebook 233

Milestones 269

Bibliography of Books, 1963-2010 275

About the Author 283

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    A man of genius is also just a man.

    When Reading biographies or autobiographies of brilliant men you can expect to be exposed to their particular field of expertise. Perhaps you are familiar with or at least somewhat knowledgeable in that field. Perhaps you are just curious. But with Laszlo's work, Simply Genius, you are challenged on three fronts. Your curiosity has to span three separate and diverse areas of knowledge.

    Ervin Laszlo, you see, excelled in three fields; first he was a child prodigy and star of the concert stage on the piano. Then, almost casually and for reasons it is easy for a "normal" person to understand, he decided to search out and master another field; science. Then, once again, some twenty-five years later, Laszlo under went another paradigm shift and mastered, and founded yet another field of expertise dealing with what he calls "quantum consciousness".

    It's easy to crack open this book and expect to be reading another "A Beautiful Mind" the 1998 Pulitzer winning book and 2001 film starring Russell Crowe encompassing the life of John Nash, the Nobel Laureate in Economics and paranoid schizophrenic. But "Simply Genius" is an autobiography and written by Lazlo himself (with a lot of help from Deepak Chopra) and doesn't pretend to be an entertaining volume about brilliance that conquers a debilitating condition. But, nonetheless it is entertaining.

    Laszlo's story is more a reluctant biography told in a voice of a grandfatherly conversation - if your grandfather was one of the foremost important thinkers of the twentieth century! "Simply Genius" is filled with wonderful insights into an extraordinary life and mind that reveals that a man of genius is also just a man.

    The book is not in the least `high brow' or aloof, but Laszlo is clearly not telling a story at the local bar. The subject matter, whether great pieces of music or philosophy and science, takes a bit of thought and intellect to understand. It is an enjoyable work, very well written, and almost like a great meal, made to be enjoyed in courses as you sit comfortably and absorb what you have just partaken of before moving on.

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