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Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his ground-breaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious misconceptions in physics to blatant errors in mathematics. For instance, Einstein's first theoretical proof of the famous formula E = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 8th 2008)
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Emily
Jun 08, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
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Albert Einstein was a genius. Time after time, he made theoretical leaps and discoveries that were decades ahead of the work his contemporaries were doing. He also made some colossal, amazingly bone-headed errors. In fact, according to Dr. Ohanian, a physicist himself, out of 180 scientific papers published by Einstein over his lifetime, a full 40 of them had mistakes, some of which were trifling, but many of which were significant. 40 out of 180 - that's almost a quarter of his output! Not only ...more
Mark
Oct 15, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
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Based on the description, I was excited to read this book because I thought it was going to focus on Einstein's thought process. Wouldn't that be great -- not just a description of the final form of Einstein's discovery but a in-depth description of the path he took to get there, describing both the insights and the wrong turns along the way. The book does do some of that, which is why I'm giving it a positive rating. However the author also spends a lot of time delving into Einstein's failings ...more
Georgia Hedrick
Jan 05, 2010 Georgia Hedrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Einstein succeeded not merely in spite of, but sometimes because of his mistakes. The fruitful mistakes were mainly conceptual rather than mathematical ones. For example, in formulating special relativity he decreed, rather than demonstrated, that light travels at a constant speed in a vacum regardless of how fast you are moving relative to a light source. In general relativity he started with the idea that it is impossible to distinguish in certain circumstances between acceleration due to gra

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Lealdo
Feb 11, 2016 Lealdo rated it liked it
O autor escreve de maneira juvenil, no pior do sentidos. No entanto, para alguém cujos conhecimentos de física basicamente param na porta do séc. XX, como eu, podem ser algumas centenas de páginas absorventes e que ajudam a entender como as descobertas quânticas e atômicas foram acontecendo.

Quanto à suposta humildade que os erros de Einstein trouxeram ao aqui repetidamente declarado Ser Humano Mais Inteligente do Século, ela não se faz presente. Nada que chegue a impedi-lo de ser o tiozão legal
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J. D.
Aug 29, 2015 J. D. rated it liked it
A very interesting history of Einsteins intellectual endeavors. I came away appreciating that an important source of his genius was his intuition. His mathematical talent was apparently good, but not exceptional; or perhaps he was lazy.
Captain Nemo
Feb 11, 2013 Captain Nemo rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, but bogged down around page 300.

Its still on my pile to be finished, but now on those nights when I can't sleep because of some problem of the day which I keep replaying, then I turn on the light and let Einstein's problems put me to sleep.

It may be too long.
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Nje nga librat me interesant qe kam lexuar per Einstein-in. Tani kam filluar ne detaje t'a percjelli mitin dhe mitet mbi njerezit me epitete.
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I was leery of reading the book because of its title, but very much enjoyed the book. Wasn't what I expected and has a positive theme.
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