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To the majority of people Einstein's theory is a complete mystery. Their attitude towards Einstein is like that of Mark Twain towards the writer of a work on mathematics: here was a man who had written an entire book of which Mark could not understand a single sentence. Einstein, therefore, is great in the public eye partly because he has made revolutionary discoveries whi...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by Filiquarian Publishing, LLC. (first published 1934)
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Jan 31, 2010 Jen marked it as to-read
The student begins to explain.

'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a b...more
Bob Nichols
This is a miscellaneous collection of Einstein's thoughts about life and religion, and war and peace. In this book,an interesting picture of Einstein, as man, emerges.

Einstein sees reason manifesting itself in nature and that an appreciation of this reality is to experience the mysterious. It is this experience that "stands at the cradle of true art and true science" he writes. While this, along with fear, gave rise to religion, Einstein's religious attitude is all about mystery and not, as he w...more
Alexis Medina
Este libro puede dividirse en dos partes. La mitad en la que Einstein expone su punto de vista sobre la sociedad, economía, religión, filosofía, sus motivaciones, ciencia, su rechazo a las guerras, y sobre el judaísmo. Esta mitad es de lectura fácil, Einstein se expresa con una facilidad hermosa. Sus sentencias son sencillas y clarísimas, su lectura hace tan agradable. No deja de asombrarme cómo consigue expresar grandes ideas de forma tan sencilla. Durante esta mitad podemos entender parte de s...more
We exist for our fellow man... Our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings - "We eat food that others have grown, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been communicated to us by other people through the medium of a language which others have created."

"I want to research, not to teach. There is too much education all together... the only rational way of educating is to be an e...more
Shirley Thomas
The other day I read an article titled We Believe in Experts Because They Agree with Us.

That might be why I like Einstein and subsequently this book. What I knew of the man behind that iconic frizzy haired picture prior to reading this came from scattered quotes of his I read somewhere or heard from friends. There was eccentricity that drew me in first and then the refreshingly grounded feel one sensed about him that spurred on my fascination about this scientist.

This book is a collection of his...more
Sarah VanWagenen
ok, don't laugh, but I've been trying to formulate my own "personal statement" these last months. You know, what I believe, what I value, what I aspire to... that kind of thing. "The World As I See It" is exactly what I'd like to write for myself, for those I love. Of course, it would help if I were Albert Einstein... I certainly don't expect to publish mine. But I want to take the time to think through and articulate "the world as I see it." Einstein is a good man-- yeah, he's pretty smart, I g...more
Einstein was much more than a brilliant physicist.
This abridged edition of letters, speeches and thoughts aims to paint a picture of Einstein as a humanistic and political commentator, philosopher and activist.

I felt that the extracts should have been dated; I find the de-contextualisation very annoying and patronising. I was surprised by Einstein's conservatism on issues of education, culture and sexism, matching his scientific conservatism. He is particularly luminous and impressive in his addresses to and about Jews and Jewishness, and the v...more
Najla Hammad
مجموعة مقالات ورسائل جُمعت في هذا الكتاب، تتحدث عن الدين والسياسة والمجتمع بطريقة فلسفية، لم أفهم بعض المواضيع كونها أحداث وقعت في بدايات القرن العشرين في ألمانيا ودول أوروبا.

عبّر آينشتاين عن فخره كونه يهوديا بقوله - بترجمتي:
السعي وراء العلم من أجل العلم، وحبُّ العدالة، والرغبة في الإستقلال من سِمات اليهود المُميّزة والتي تجعلني أفتخر بأني يهودي.

ما شدّني في هذا الكتاب، حديث آينشتاين عن اليهود والعرب وخاصة عن موضوع إنشاء دولة إسرائيل. من المعروف أن حكومة إسرائيل قد عرضت على آينشتاين منصب رئيس وزر...more
Yusif Adel
The book started very good and the articles were organised fairly good at only the first 50 pages. Later he started writing about Jew and their rights, Which I strongly disagree with him at this point specially in their right in Palestine "the Jew have no right in a nanometer of a land in this pure land". Clearly Einstein ignored the existence of two very important religion Islam and Christianity and he always refer to Judaism only.

I liked the philosophical way that Einstein adapted about indivi...more
Albert Einstein will always be remembered as a preeminent scientific legend of our time. But not too many people think of him as an ardent humanist as well. In this book Einstein delves into many touchy subjects, including good and evil, religion and science, Pacifism, war, and other issues facing humaity of his time. The only downside of this book is a missing part that dwells on his personal life, I would prefered reading a full portrait of this mental marvel !
I was fascinated by his pure faith on God and man.
Arabian Rihanna
The preface provides scattered contexts for the essays to follow, but that was no way to inform the reader. By the time I reached the end of the book, I forgot all the information that was condensed in the preface.

The book should have organized essays/letters by theme in a chronological fashion, and offered an introduction for each one of them.
Some letters could easily be disregarded. For instance, I don't see any interest in reading the exchange that took place between Einstein and the Academy....more
Couldn't really understand everything in the book. The language structure is little bit complicated. Maybe because most of the essays in the book are translated ! However I found the few ideas I grasped interesting. The one related to mandatory army service is new to me. Haven't thought about the issue like that before and I don't think it is too simple like that. 'To stop war around the world we need to fight the narrow nationalism and prevent the countries from having compulsory service in the...more
Euisry Noor
This book contains the collection of some Einstein's essays, include his thoughts taken from his articles, letters, pronouncements, and addresses. The writings represented another side of Einstein's personality, beside the fact about his genius as well known. They revealed his views on some aspects of life and international issues. You can find his point of view about life, science, education, liberty, world economic crisis, war, disarmament, military, politic, nationalism, American, European, J...more
Jun 28, 2013 Koroviev rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those who want to get acquainted with the human Einstein
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My scattered thoughts:

As far as Science is concerned, I liked that he conveyed the fact that Science is work, not magic. The more you work, the more magical your mind seems to others, but it is all a result of work, work and more work. The popular narratives for most famous scientists almost always make them out to be superhumans - they usually made their discoveries by simply dreaming or staring into fires or taking a walk. Einstein corrects that view.

I also liked his address on Lorentz, wher...more
Hamzah Taha
It was a pleasent experience to get to know Einstein from a different side, the non-physician in this case. He was no doubt a wise man and a seeker of truth and peace. The political ideals in which he believed in are to be admired, especially when considering the hard times he lived in. The book shows a great variety of letters in which Albert Einstein expresses his views on matters of war and peace, economics and education all around the world.

I was going to give it 4 stars, but the last 10 pag...more
The book repeats itself all the time. It's a collection of essays, letters and speeches, and was no supposed to be a book from the beginning. Because of that, it doesn't work well as a book, and most of the essays say something that a previous one has said. The chapter about pacifism is utterly redundant, because he keeps showing his solution to war all the time.

A nice book, tells us that one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century was a humanist, a pacifist, and his views about his scien...more
Mahmoud Nofal
This book does not represent a complete collection of the articles, addresses,
and pronouncements of Albert Einstein; it is a selection made with a definite
object-namely, to give a picture of a man. To-day this man is being drawn,
contrary to his own intention, into the whirlpool of political passions and
contemporary history. As a result, Einstein is experiencing the fate that so
many of the great men of history experienced: his character and opinions are
being exhibited to the world in an utterly d...more
In the preface, J.H. writes that the purpose of this book is to give "a picture of a man [Einstein]" as opposed to the distorted view we might get from the media or the passing of time. Fine. Except there was nothing in this book that gave me a deeper sense of the man Einstein. Instead, I read 100 pages of formal statements to formal organizations. Very dry, with very little insight into Einstein's true, non-posturing self.

The 'Introduction to Abridged Edition' further emphasized what kind of bo...more
La prima parte è davvero molto interessante ma la seconda, soprattutto per chi come me ha sempre odiato la fisica, è risultata pesante e di difficile comprensione. Troppe formule e troppe teorie, anche se devo ammettere che la storia dell'evoluzione dei principi della fisica da Newton a Einstein mi ha abbastanza catturata, ma chiaramente solo da un punto di vista narrativo. Chissà se un giorno riuscirò mai a far pace con questo mondo :-)
Nilo Di Stefano
Spesso si sente dire che dal passato si possono imparare tante cose. Si vede che questo libro è passato proprio inosservato ai più visto e considerato che parla di problematiche tuttora esistenti. Pensieri e lettere di Einstein, una mente che ha stupefatto il mondo e che mi ha impressionato per la lucida analisi del suo presente proiezione incredibile del nostro presente.
Un saggio da leggere assolutamente
I thought it would be nice to read things that genius Einstein wrote - his opinions on different but essential subjects - and it was. I would prefer though to read more specifics in each occasion, such as dates and background of each passage included in the book. It would be easier for me to understand more of this book and more of him.

All in all, it was a very interesting read.
I guess that it´s not in our power, as often casual readers, to assess the work of one of the biggest minds in the human history (as said frequently), nevertheless I of course agree that Einstein´s opinions do have a deep insight into the moral, ethical, existential and in the same time the very scientific issues and events of the 20th century.

Saya baca edisi terjemahannya.
Buku yang luar biasa. Saya jadi bisa 'sedikit' lebih memahami pikiran2nya, perspektifnya mengenai berbagai hal, dan mengapa ia terkesan begitu 'menyendiri'.
Mengapa hanya 'sedikit'? Soalnya dengan tingkat intelegensi saya yang pas-pasan, lumayan sulit untuk membaca buku ini.
Short and sweet. It was interesting to see Einstein's point of view on the pre-WWII world. It made the genius more human (and sweet). The one negative comment is that some of these letters and speeches reiterate each other and made some parts of this book drag a bit. A good read nevertheless.
Aug 02, 2007 Adrian rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
he's so beautiful. i read this when i lived in Florida.. the first time. a co-worker loaned it to me and we wrote poetry to each other back and forth on napkins when we swapped the book back and forth between shifts :)

ahhh. Justin. and Einstein. good memories.
I thought it was boring. It seems like the sort of thing you'd be required to read in college as part of an ethics class, and in that capacity it would be fine because nobody expects to like class readings.
El libro bien se puede dividir en dos partes. La primera es relativamente fácil y rápida de leer, donde Albert Einstein nos comparte mediante textos escritos en diferentes momentos de su vida sus opiniones y puntos de vista de temas no científicos, nos habla de su visión de tópicos como la guerra, el desarme, los judíos, la educación, el gobierno, la política, etc. La segunda parte ya no es tan fácil de digerir ni de leer. Si bien Albert Einstein trata los temas de una manera sencilla, no dejan...more
Dec 01, 2008 Hafsa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Hafsa by: I found on internet
Einstein talks about people, society, religion, norms, Jews, science; almost everything you would like to know from a genius's point of view.
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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming...more
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