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Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel

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This beautifully written illustrated memoir is a testament to the indomitable spirit that pervaded the life & work of Albert Einstein. Unlike lengthy biographies that often founder in trivia, the book paints a coherent picture in broad strokes to capture for the lay reader the essence of the man & his science. Helen Dukas, Einstein's secretary for the last 27 years ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 1973 by Plume (first published 1972)
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Julie

This is my first biography of one of the greatest scientists that ever lived, Albert Einstein. It revealed to me, not just the science in the man but also, the human being in him. I found his humility and rebelliousness both very endearing. His relentless dedication and passion to his work was inspirational and admirable.


This is a more or less scientific/intellectual book. If you're interested in knowing more about Einstein's personal life i.e., family, relationships, etc. then it will definite

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Anachronistic
Aug 26, 2016 Anachronistic rated it really liked it
It wasn't your typical biography where you expect the author to tell you only about the subject's life and achievements but it was more than that; many scientists and physicists and philosophers where mentioned some even I never heard of. Reading about Einstein's life as a child and a teenager, going through some tough times in highschool which led him to quit it for a while than he changed school, and had to live on his own...etc. This made him seem like a normal boy but what distinguiched Eins ...more
Ghada
May 15, 2011 Ghada rated it it was ok
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To put it bluntly, this is not one of the best biographies on Einstein out there.

Sure, there were some amusing stories and facts about Einstein included (just as biographies strive to portray), but they do not live up to the acclaimed "creator/rebel" part. It was somewhat disappointing.

The only thing I can think of that held my attention for more than a few seconds were the photos. There were some remarkable photos of Einstein and of the great physicists of his era. One photo in particular kept
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Robert Seitz
Jun 30, 2014 Robert Seitz rated it really liked it
Like hearing the story of early quantum physics from your grandpa. The author remembers the details as human events, rather than a researcher furthering their theory about an icon. Favorite lessons were personal, that Einstein didn't write an autobiography, because he thought an obituary was more respectable... what he thought and worked on is what mattered most. The prediction of particles before they could be seen, the intuition rather than logic behind his biggest theories, the modeling of an ...more
Cassandra French
May 09, 2014 Cassandra French rated it liked it
This books was every interesting because it tells a lot about his family and what's he is interested in. He's just an interesting guy that's interested in mathematics and physics.

Got to pg. 14
Dave
Nov 22, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
Focuses on both the man and his science, equally.
Brian
Jul 03, 2009 Brian rated it liked it
overall this book was "eh." with the title creator and rebel i was hoping for more about his politics and aspects of his life away from physics. but that wasnt so.

however, the descriptions of his physics were easy to read. i only had to skip about ten pages of them, the rest i could comprehend the language employed.

read it if you are really into einstein (it has a bunch of nice images) or if you just have it around. there are probably better books about him and his life if you are purchasing one
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Raul
Jul 29, 2013 Raul rated it really liked it
La más excelente y agradable obra sobre el científico, motiva al lector a saber siempre más. Se queda un poco en la parte personal pero es muy didáctico al explicar los principios físicos y matemáticos que motivaron la gran revolución del siglo XX.
Arun Rajappa
Aug 12, 2013 Arun Rajappa rated it it was amazing
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One of the best biographies I've read. While reading this book, you begin to understand the deep intelligence, simplicity and humility of Albert Einstein, and come away with a sense of wonder.
Ryan Dilbert
Apr 18, 2010 Ryan Dilbert rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Physicists
The biographical parts are really interesting, a thoughtful peek at Einstein's life and mind. Too bad most of the middle of the book is scientific stuff way over my head.
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Strong text and engaging personal revelation. Very clean and well crafted bio.
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Banesh Hoffmann studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Oxford, where he earned his bachelor of arts and went on to earn his doctorate at Princeton University.

While at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Hoffmann collaborated with Einstein and Leopold Infeld on the classic paper Gravitational Equations and the Problem of Motion. Einstein’s original work on gener
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