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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,966 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Here's the definitive collection of Einstein's popular writings, gathered under his supervision. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, religion & science, to human rights, economics & government.
378 pages
Published June 1973 by Souvenir Press (first published 1954)
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Jul 12, 2010 Sally rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's ever heard of Einstein and his brilliant career.
It was interesting to read - though I admit to skimming a few of the entries that did not appeal to me. And, though I did not agree with all of Dr. Einstein's views, I found it incredibly interesting - and intellectually stimulating - to read his opinions, ideas, and theories. It was almost eerie to read some of his predictions concerning the United States in regards to a second world war (which happened), a Cold War (check), a Nuclear War (please, no), and even our economic and political issues ...more
I started reading this book cause i wanted to know more about the man who postulated the theory of relativity. And i was delightfully surprised by the human nature of Albert Einstein. The book is collection of his speeches, interviews and articles covering his views and opinions about diverse fields ranging from Physics to philosophy and life in general. Amazed to find that most of his ideas are valid even in today's world.Einstein seems to had opinions on almost every subject and most of these ...more
مديحة حوري
كل شيء يبدأ بفكرة، والأفكار عادة تبدأ ضعيفة، تبدو لغير صاحبها ساذجة تافهة،، لكن يقويها ايمان صاحبها الراسخ بها، دعمه لها بأساليب الاثبات العلمية، والصبر على استهانه الناس بها، الى أن يظهرها الله أو يهلك صاحبها دونها
I read this book because I wanted to get to know Einstein a little. I'd run across several insightful quotes from him and decided to explore what he was all about. As my rating indicates, I felt this book was just "ok". The man himself was very impressive. He was definitely a humanitarian, and wanted nothing but peace. But the book is a collection of his essays and I didn't find it fascinating reading. It also seemed too repetitious at times. The last section of the book was about his "ideas &am ...more
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

A book of a variety of subject matter, many of which are likely better pursued in other works. Wisdom, politics, and science are stuttered through articles, speeches, letters and statements, i.e. it is often truncated, generalized, esoteric, and/or repeated. So why go this route? For me, there are two main reasons: 1) the man is not separate from his ideas; and 2) a tast
Dan Goldberg
The words of the master himself. Not a biography written by someone else. Einstein's writings are fascinating. His opinions...thought provoking and invigorating. I highly recommend this book!
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."

"Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation."

"Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, he
Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: La mayoría ha de vivir temerosa ante la posibilidad de verse eliminada del ciclo económico, y sufrir así la falta de lo necesario. Los habitantes de distintas naciones se matan entre sí a intervalos regulares. La inteligencia y el carácter de las masas son muy inferiores a la inteligencia y al carácter de los pocos que producen algo valioso para la comunidad. Combinar la sabiduría y el poder ha tenido éxito muy pocas veces, y cuando lo tuvo no fue por much ...more
This is a collection of writings and lectures by Albert Einstein, organised in sections, discussing ideas, politics, pacifism, the Jewish people, science and more. I got through all of it until I reached the final part: contributions to science. Although Einstein's writing could be dense (particularly his pre-war stuff), it was generally understandable. The science writing was beyond me. I struggled through a lot of it, but stopped when I realised that I had read entire pages that didn't make an ...more
Chris Barrett
I always believe that WHEN you read a particular book for the first time is akin to the first time you heard say Gershwin for the first time or Rakim. Whatever your tastes are the timing does matter. For me, this book mattered a great deal when I first read it.
I read this in 1995. I was 21 and about to move into a 285 square foot efficiency, on my own. So one can imagine the impact a book like this can have at that age in that place.

I absorbed the book like an Iguana in the desert laying in 3
It is quite awesome that the intellectual superstar of the 20th century had an opinion on almost everything and what's more those opinions are there to be shared and discussed on thanks to this collection of public talks and letters. It is so rare to find a scientist in the 'public intellectual' space these days with the breadth of wisdom as Einstein.
Inspiring read.
Rosa Ramôa
"A Importância da Boa Vontade

No decurso da minha longa vida recebi dos meus companheiros um reconhecimento muito maior do que aquele que mereço e confesso que o meu sentido de humildade sempre se sobrepôs ao meu prazer. Mas nunca, em ocasiões anteriores, a dor se sobrepôs tanto ao prazer como agora. Todos nós, que estamos preocupados com a paz e o triunfo da razão e da justiça, devemos estar hoje claramente conscientes do peso que uma pequeníssima justificação e uma boa vontade honesta podem exe
I've given this book at least a dozen times to people over the years. Wise insights and a good book to have around.
Go, dive, explore, build your opinion; this will do service to all.
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Amazing thoughts of an amazing person!

bagaimanapun, Einstein juga manusia, bagaimana pendapat dia tentang berbagai hal? mulai dari pandangannya tentang perdamaian, wanita, negara AS, makna hidup, kejahatan, sistem sekolah di Jepang, kebebasan, fasisme, HAM, hak cipta, agama-sains, sistem pendidikan ideal, Gandhi, Bernard Shaw, rekan-rekan fisikanya, Krisis ekonomi, Sigmund Freud, perang, perdamaian, politik negara Eropa, kebudayaan, bom atom, sosialisme, yahudi-arab, zionisme, Tuhan, dan tentu s
A solid collection of Einstein's writing, covering a wide variety of topics. I was surprised every now and then by how "naive" he could be in political matters. Not that he's "wrong" anywhere, just maybe a little too convinced that "the good guys" will win eventually in spite of all the evidence (which he cites!) that they do not? Also, some of his ideas become a little repetitive, but that's really the editor's fault and not Einstein's. Although I have to admit that the last section with papers ...more
Sebsibe Fikir
i really pleased by reading this book of albert einstein;coz i always wanna to read different books of different peoples who have master mind, and he is also one & my first choice. no one is perfect in this world;but information makes everyone perfect. man of gr8 thought albert....sebsibe wish his friends to join his reading network. hey guys let's start.....
I got halfway through this book. I couldn't read it fast enough since I had to return it to the library and had other books I checked out at the same time (I'm too lazy to renew). Anyway, I'd buy it though, or check it out again, it was interesting and I appreciated and respected Einsteins opinions, remarks, and quotes. What a brain; how would that be?
I found the first part of this book fantastic, the later part of the book was a bit over my head as I was not familiar with some of the other scientists theories that he was quoting from so I became a bit lost during the 2nd half of the book and had to slow my reading down to process it.
Mike Fiddleman
i was surprised that one of the smartest guys, let's see...ever, could write so simply. you hardly have to be polysyllabic to read this and it was a joy.
Noor Iqbal
definately...some ideas hidden in our mind...and some thoughts we express by our movement and actions......fantastic work
Full of quotes and quips from a giant brain. Wholesome.
Sinan Canan
Bu adamı bu kitapla sevdim :)
Albert Einstein is a fascinating man, but I could not get into the book. It flowed well, but I did not find it overly engaging. Maybe I'm not a huge Einstein fan or maybe it was the translation (I assume most of these were originally in German and not English) or perhaps it would be better for me to hear him speak instead of reading his words. Perhaps Einstein for me is a man who I could talk with at a bar over a beer, but not read. Fans of Einstein should still try to check it out.
Steven  Wetter
Insightful read....

A delightful look into the mind of one of our times most profound geniuses. Shoes a side of Einstein few knew about. A very insightful and compassionate man. The theory and equation explanations are surprisingly easy to follow as well. I definitely recommend this book.
Gökçen Okdere
Mektuplaşmalardan ibaret olduğu için, ister istemez anlam bütünlüğü eksik kalıyor. Bi günde okunacak bir kitap değil. Bi kaç güne bölün, hatta bu kitabın arasına başka kitap sıkıştırın, öyle okuyun.

Einstein'in ne kadar iyi niyetli bir insan olduğunu gösteren bir kitap. Neden bu kadar çok sevildiğini düşüncelerinden anlayabilirsiniz.
Jul 29, 2015 DAVID ROSE rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
essays, letters to editors, thoughts
structured so you can skip throughout the book, from article to article
this should be part of everyone's library

i have two copies, old one is very worn -

i continue at it
Matt McClure
Beautiful referential compilation of Einstein's most famous dictations in politics, religion, friendship, love, and physics. Highly recommended.
Sanchar Sharma
I will give 3 stars to the book but worse to the ideas illustrated by Einstein.
For starters, General Relativity for me is the most unbiased approach to science compared to all the theories that came before it. Yet, when it came down to his political (and in some cases religious) views, he seemed to be too narrow. His arguments are not quite unbiased and he dismisses arguments contrary to his own based on heuristics that lack much gravity.
It is possible that a lot of his full blown arguments got
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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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