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Albert Einstein: A Biography

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"(Folsing) provides a nuanced, nonjudgmental personal portrait resting firmly on prodigious archival work. Albert Einstein allows us to see deeply into (his) inner world". -- Alan Lightman, The New York Review of BooksThe name of Albert Einstein has become synonymous with supreme wisdom and benignity. Not only was he responsible for the fundamental remapping of our underst ...more
Paperback, 928 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Penguin Books (first published March 1st 1997)
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Oct 07, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
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741 pages of heavy reading, going into great detail and background leading up to Einstein's various discoveries and evolving of his theory of relativity. What a man! He made some very public 'booboos' but his attitude was that only in death do we stop making mistakes - for me this has been the greatest lesson. Einstein had such complete confidence and was uninhibited about striving for his goals. His thirst for knowledge overshadowed any setbacks. This wonderful determination, energy, drive and ...more
Thomas Alex
This biography is a slow read but gives deep insight into this brilliant and influential mind.
Jul 26, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Albrecht Folsing has written a richly documented and well told biography of the man who may be the most celebrated scientist of the 20th Century. Having a foundation in physics, Folsing has presented the scientific issues in a manner which may be apprehended by those with no facility in mathematics. He also presents the man who navigated the shores of discovery as a very real human being, one who was far more than the anecdotal accounts in popular mythology.

There were a few places in which Ewal
Jun 21, 2012 bup rated it really liked it
I like that it was a pretty thorough bio of Einstein, but I wish there had been a tad bit more science. I think the ideal reader would be well-acquainted enough with relativity and quantum physics to follow what the biographer's talking about in many places, but not a physicist. I guess it'd be a dilettante of physics who's a bit more versed than me.

In fact, you know what would really help this book? An appendix that gives a good layman's explanation of special relativity and general relativity.
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Jul 30, 2011 Amelia Elena rated it did not like it
A NOT well written biography...yet it was wonderful to find out a little about the human behind the great scientist.
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Feb 13, 2011 Literary Lion rated it really liked it
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I remember reading this as a young girl and being surprised at how different my image of Einstein was from the real deal.
Tsering yangzom
My Delusion of grandeur got murdered.I could not finish this book.Its been lying on my shelf since a long time.I tried but its boring and tough.
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I really loved reading this.. it really portraied his "life" as in what he spent his life studying.
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not the best biography, but being that its einstein it was well worth the investment
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