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The World as I See It

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The Einstein revealed in these writings is witty, keenly perceptive, and deeply concerned for humanity. Einstein believed in the possibility of a peaceful world and in the high mission of science to serve human well-being. As we near the end of a century in which science has come to seem more and more remote from human values, Einstein's perspective is indispensable.
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Published January 1st 2000 by Audio Literature (first published 1934)
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Jan 31, 2010 Jen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Anh Dũng
Mình cứ nghĩ Einstein suốt ngày nghiên cứu này nọ chứ! Ai dè ông cũng là con người nhân văn, cũng rất có trách nhiệm với cộng đồng xã hội, viết báo bày tỏ quan điểm về các vấn đề xã hội, phê phán cái sai, cổ vũ cái tốt, viết thư an ủi động viên người quen cũng như người không quen biết.
Và cuối cùng tuy ông là một nhà khoa học lớn nhưng ông cũng có tinh thần tôn giáo cao và đặc biệt mang trong mình tình yêu tự do hòa bình.
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
Sarah VanWagenen
Sep 24, 2007 Sarah VanWagenen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2016 Huy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Đọc cuốn sách, thấy được một số quan điểm của Einstein về cuộc đời, ông là một người yêu chuộng hoà bình, ghét chiến tranh, thích cuộc sống bình dị, ghét vật chất cũng như danh tiếng, ghét cuộc sống đua tranh vụ lợi mà chỉ muốn cống hiến hết mình.
Đọc xong thấy mình cũng có nhiều đức tính giống Einstein có điều không có được bộ óc như ông thôi mà :'(
Sep 18, 2009 Eclarep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Einstein was much more than a brilliant physicist.
Mar 10, 2016 Maica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, biographies
First, I can say that Einstein was a man of ideals and conviction; nevertheless, his opinions and his views are not to be spared from criticism. I respect Einstein as far as his contributions to science are concerned; but with regards to some of his views political, gender-wise and economic matters stated on this book, I disagree. Initially, his optimistic attitude towards humanity and the individual, the mystery and corresponding beauty of nature and the universe, and spirituality are admirable ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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
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
By this collection of essays, letters and articles Albert Einstein sought in 1934 introduced himself to the world beyond academia and the headlines. Though he was then fifty years old, the Einstein we find here brims with youthful hope and enthusiasm. Of Jewish linage, he was an agnostic, socialist pacifist (those labels seem inadequate).

Of particular interest to readers today is how some of his ideals seem current while others are so out-of-date as to seem quaint. “The man who regards his own
Dec 18, 2013 Zanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
Mar 18, 2016 Huongta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trước đây mình từng thắc mắc là tại sao ngày xưa người ta thi quan văn chỉ có viết thôi? nếu so với thời bây giờ, mảng học tự nhiên ~ xã hội phân chia ra, thì ở thời đại ngày xưa đó những người có xu hướng tự nhiên phải làm sao.
Oh, những người giỏi thì họ sẽ giỏi ở mọi lĩnh vực và văn của họ, suy nghĩ, tư tưởng thì cực kỳ sắc.
Feb 11, 2016 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Cat de ciudata este situatia noastra, copii ai Pamantului. Fiecare este aici pentru o scurta vizita. El nu stie de ce, dar uneori crede ca o simte. Din punctul de vedere al vietii de fiecare zi, fara o reflexie mai adanca, se stie ca suntem aici pentru ceilalti oameni, mai intai pentru aceia de al caror suras si sanatate atarna in intregime propria fericire, si apoi si pentru cei multi si necunoscuti cu a caror soarta ne inlantuie o legatura a simpatiei. In fiecare zi ma gandesc de nenumarate o ...more
Nov 12, 2015 hayatem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أخرى
هذا الكتاب عبارة عن مجموعة قصاصات منتقاة بعناية من مقالات ، وخطب ورسائل وتصريحات ل-ألبرت آينشتاين في مناسبات مختلفة- الغرض منها إلقاء الضوء على شخصيته الإنسانية الفكرية و معتقداته وآرائه تجاه العالم، الحياة، الإنسان، الدين،السياسة، الحرب والعلم وغيره.

بعيداً عن نظريته النسبية وقانون الجاذبية، يبدو أينشتاين إنسان مبحر في العمق الإنساني، وهو قارئ نفسي رائع. ولديه آراء ونظرة مثيرة حول الدين/ الإله. ك - مفهوم
( الدين الكوني). عاش مدافعاً عن أفكار العدالة والحرية.

" إن التوق الشديد للحب، العون و
Arabian Rihanna
Mar 04, 2013 Arabian Rihanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Nov 04, 2014 Paolo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Einstein è uno degli scienziati più famosi del '900 e più citato anche grazie alla memorabile foto della sua linguaccia. Personalmente lo associavo alla teoria della relatività e non sapevo del suo impegno per promuovere la pace tra le nazioni mondiali. Il volumetto è molto bello perché svela il lato -sorprendentemente - umano dello scienziato. Infatti dal libro emergono riflessioni sulla politica, sul dialogo tra le persone, sul ruolo degli intellettuali nel mondo moderno, sulla deriva n ...more
May 01, 2013 Italo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 21, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Educação para a Independência do Pensamento

Não basta preparar o homem para o domínio de uma especialidade qualquer. Passará a ser então uma espécie de máquina utilizável, mas não uma personalidade perfeita. O que importa é que venha a ter um sentido atento para o que for digno de esforço, e que for belo e moralmente bom. De contrário, virá a parecer-se mais com um cão amestrado do que com um ser harmonicamente desenvolvido, pois só tem os conhecimentos da sua especialização. Deve aprender a com
Jun 01, 2011 Nawal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophie
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 !
Raman Chopra
Apr 13, 2016 Raman Chopra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a small collection of Einstein's correspondence with the world on almost any topic at hand. It ranges from congratulating school children to discussions about fascism during the world war.

I really enjoyed the book. Einstein has a very enjoyable writing style, as is common in the intellectual circles, where every word is aptly and thoughtfully chosen. Every sentence is succinct and conveys exactly what it intended, leaving no room for ambiguity.

Another reason why I really enjoyed this book i
Lucas Nguyen
Vì đều là những bài viết ngắn dạng thư gửi hoặc văn bản diễn thuyết nên hiếm khi có luận điểm rõ ràng. Buồn :(! Mình thấy chỉ có vài chap đọc coi được, hầu như các chap khác liên quan đến tình hình chínht trị-kinh tế thế giới thời điểm tác giả viết nên mình không quan tâm lắm.
Dec 29, 2008 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated by his pure faith on God and man.
Arij Bouzidi
Je ne suis pas habituée à écrire de commentaires et je me contente généralement de simplement noter le livre et puis Basta. Mais je me suis sentie obligée de justifier le fait de donner à l'ouvrage du grand Einstein, pourtant intéressant, deux malheureuses petites étoiles.
Tout d'abord, je vais commencer par les études scientifiques. Il est clair qu'une grande partie de ces lettres est destinée à la communauté scientifique, au spécialiste et à l'étudiant en physique, ce qui est bien dommage. J'a
Feb 03, 2013 Mohamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, essays
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to get acquainted with the human Einstein
Shelves: non-fiction, m
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
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
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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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