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Einstein: His Life and Universe

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Written By: Walter Isaacson

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2007

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes


How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk -- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate -- became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.


  • Donn Edwards

    If you enjoy a good scientific puzzle, you'll love this book. If you enjoy history and biographies, you'll find it fascinating. I found myself being enthralled by the "thought experiments" that characterized Einstein's work, plus all the historical events and controversies of the day that impacted on Einstein's life. I can thoroughly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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