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IDEAS AND OPINIONS contains essays by eminent scientist Albert Einstein on subjects ranging from atomic energy, relativity, and religion to human rights, government, and economics. Previously published articles, speeches, and letters are gathered here to create a fascinating collection of meditations by one of the world's greatest minds.
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Bonanza Books (first published 1954)
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Sally
Jul 12, 2010 Sally rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nitin
Apr 12, 2012 Nitin rated it it was amazing
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
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Sue
Sep 17, 2009 Sue rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
May 11, 2009 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable. No words. Just lovely.
Michael
Feb 02, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
“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
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Dan Goldberg
Mar 29, 2012 Dan Goldberg rated it it was amazing
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!
Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Apr 23, 2013 Juan Manuel Charry Urueña rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: main
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 ...more
Nathan
Aug 12, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it
"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
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Raj
Mar 21, 2010 Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Chris Barrett
Jun 17, 2014 Chris Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kevin Tharayil
Oct 08, 2012 Kevin Tharayil rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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.
TrenTren
Dec 22, 2008 TrenTren rated it it was amazing
I've given this book at least a dozen times to people over the years. Wise insights and a good book to have around.
Laurent
Nov 15, 2014 Laurent rated it it was amazing
Go, dive, explore, build your opinion; this will do service to all.
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 21, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it
"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
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Peter
Jan 06, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
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
Mar'Kel
May 11, 2009 Mar'Kel rated it liked it
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?
Sebsibe Fikir
Jun 28, 2013 Sebsibe Fikir rated it did not like it
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.....
Aaronlindberg
May 04, 2012 Aaronlindberg rated it it was amazing
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.
Noor Iqbal
definately...some ideas hidden in our mind...and some thoughts we express by our movement and actions......fantastic work
Mike Fiddleman
Jan 17, 2015 Mike Fiddleman rated it it was amazing
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.
Dana Jerman
Full of quotes and quips from a giant brain. Wholesome.
Sinan Canan
Aug 20, 2013 Sinan Canan rated it it was amazing
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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
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Marshall
Jun 16, 2016 Marshall rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, science
This is a large collection of various writings and talks by Albert Einstein. It's boring and repetitive, but it's hard to blame this on Einstein. He wasn't trying to write a book. That was done by others after he died. These writings all existed in isolation when he wrote them, and a lot of what made them interesting was the historical and scientific context in which he wrote them.

Probably my favorite part was the correspondence with the Prussian Academy of Science. Adolph Hitler had just come i
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Popup-ch
Jan 21, 2016 Popup-ch rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016
A collection of speeches, articles and notes written by Albert Einstein, spanning a wide variety of styles, subjects and seriousness. I freely admit that I didn't read them all.

One thing that struck me was in a speech delivered in the early 1930s, where he idolises the equality of Americans, contrasting with hierarchical inegalitarian Europeans. Being aware of the growing inequalities in America in the 21st century, this came as a refreshing reminder that things weren't always so.

Some of the pie
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George Hohbach
Feb 05, 2016 George Hohbach rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and Inspiring Read:
In this book one can discover Einstein’s clear and systematic thinking first hand. It is based both on scientific systematicity and philosophical-mathematical wholeness: in short simplicity, beauty and a feeling of never ending awe regarding the universe as a whole. The thinking is both precise and acknowledges that there is always something greater than we can recognize which keeps us wondering and curious. Here’s one of many gems in Einstein’s speeches, lectures an
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Souvik Khamrui
I bought this gems long back in 1996 when I was a student. I kept on skipping it for 19 years pondering that it would require strenuous exercises of brain cells to understand the ideas and opinions of the genius. My assumption is proved right. It took about 12 months to finish the book (during this period I have read other books too in parallel). Einstein's ideas & opinions generated from his unique perspectives of perceiving & ability to penetrate into the subjects of politics, ...more
Sanchar Sharma
Sep 07, 2013 Sanchar Sharma rated it liked it
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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Katya Mills
Feb 13, 2016 Katya Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Einstein's own words, what could be better? Some scientists struggle to bring their ideas to the general public, and many scientists require you to have a working knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to translate their writings. I was thrilled when I discovered this book and the easy way he writes about his life and theory. He was to science what Carl Jung was to psychology... both of them visionary, both humble. They both took the time to decodify their fields for us. Kinda like ...more
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