Who Got Einstein's Office?: Eccentricity And Genius At The Institute For Advanced Study
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Who Got Einstein's Office?: Eccentricity And Genius At The Institute For Advanced Study

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It was home to Einstein in decline, the place where Kurt Göedel starved himself in paranoid delusion, and where J. Robert Oppenheimer rode out his political persecution in the Director’s mansion. It is the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; at one time or another, home to fourteen Nobel laureates, most of the great physicists and mathematicians of the m...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 22nd 1988 by Basic Books (first published October 1st 1987)
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Rare specimen in science divulgation literature, as it provides insight not only in the personal and intellectual characters of past and present and the future of science, but also in the organizational challenges that research institutes face. Its final analysis on scientific truth and theories of knowledge is a masterpiece in its style. A must-read if you are interested in the future of science and the most advanced theories, but also if you would like to know why the hell does scientific deve...more
THe Institute for Advanced Studies is a very interesting yet obscure neighbor to better known cousin Princeton University. Extremely well funded playground for exceptional minds best known for hosting Einstein (after he was a star) it describes the politics of science and the value of a purely theoretical research center.
It's fun for those who enjoy reading about the eccentric and brilliant minds that shape our realities while living outside ours.
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Very enjoyable mixture of history, biography, and science, not to mention some great observations on the nature of research and the divisions between experimentalists and theorists.
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Ed Regis holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University and taught for many years at Howard University. He is now a full-time science writer, contributing to Scientific American, Harper's Magazine, Wired, Discover, and The New York Times, among other periodicals.
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