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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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Aug 29, 07

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I'm still reading this book, and it's endlessly fascinating how Einstein's personal life meshed with his scientific insights. What's intriguing for me is how certain events (schooling, patent office, childhood events, etc.)helped steer him towards the stature and genius he achieved.
Just as an example, as a young man he desperately wanted a job as a university professor, but no one would hire him. He got the civil service job in the patent office which allowed him to conduct his brilliant thought experiments.
The author points out that had he become a professor early on, he might never have had the time to daydream about relativity.
I recommend this to anyone who's interested in the development of scientific theories and the special qualities of mind that allows for such theorizing.
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