Unexpected Einstein: The Real Man behind the Icon

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"Einstein, the scientist who rejected all mythology, has himself become something of a mythological character—a god of the universe. Einstein would have approved of Denis Brian's demystification of the real genius who used facts to demolish myths. The real Einstein, with his complex views regarding God, politics, and life, is far more interesting and human than the mythological caricature."
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Overview

Advance Praise for The Unexpected Einstein

"Einstein, the scientist who rejected all mythology, has himself become something of a mythological character—a god of the universe. Einstein would have approved of Denis Brian's demystification of the real genius who used facts to demolish myths. The real Einstein, with his complex views regarding God, politics, and life, is far more interesting and human than the mythological caricature."
—Alan Dershowitz

Critical acclaim for Denis Brian's Einstein: A Life

"Denis Brian's convincing picture . . . only makes our wonder grow at Einstein's sublime achievements."
The Washington Post

"A fascinating, vastly enjoyable, deeply researched, and fair account of Einstein the man."
Physics World

"Exhaustively researched, almost obsessively detailed, written with unobtrusive informality, the book is exemplary as a record of Einstein's personal and professional life."
The Spectator (UK)

"An utterly fascinating life of a great scientist full of new insights and very readable."
—Ashley Montagu

"A fascinating read with more interesting material about Einstein as a human being than I have ever seen before. . . . Once I started it, I couldn't put it down."
—Robert Jastrow, astrophysicist and bestselling author

"A thoughtful and captivating account of one whom I had the joy of knowing and loving."
—George Wald, Nobel laureate

"Brian's ambitious and well-researched work is a refreshing change from the recent glut of revisionist Einstein biographies. . . . Does a fine job of depicting the man, not the myth."
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“…Einstein comes across as a truly rounded character…allowing us to recognise his remarkable contributions even more…” (Chemistry World, February 2006)

“…fast-paced and informed…draws upon an impressive array of sources…” (Physicsweb.org, Sept 2005)

“…very well researched and satisfying…” (New Scientist, Oct 2005)

"Denis Brian's Unexpected Einstein   ... sets out to debunk myths ..." (The Guardian, 17th September 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471718406
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

DENIS BRIAN is author of Einstein: A Life, Pulitzer: A Life, Genius Talk: Conversations with Nobel Scientists and Other Luminaries, The True Gen: An Intimate Portrait of Ernest Hemingway by Those Who Knew Him, and other popular books. He lives with his wife, Martine, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

Introduction: Demythologizing Einstein.

1. Was Einstein Dyslexic, a Late Talker, and a “Lazy Dog”?

2. Einstein: Woman Hater or Womanizer?

3. Was Einstein a Terrible Father? And What Kind of Mother Was Mileva?

4. Whatever Happened to Einstein’s Daughter?

5. What Was Einstein Like Face to Face?

6. Einstein’s Food for Thought: Was He a Gourmet or a Gourmand?

7. Did Einstein Believe in God?

8. Einstein under Attack: Was He a Plagiarist, and Was Mileva His Scientific Partner?

9. Einstein’s FBI File and the Soviet Spy He Loved.

Afterword.

EINSTEIN CHRONOLOGY.

NOTES.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY.

INDEX.

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