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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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Mar 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography
Read in March, 2010

Enjoyable book. I'd say more like 3.5 stars. Besides learning a lot about Einstein's amazing contributions to science, the most interesting things I learned were (1) the fact that Einstein's disregard for authority likely helped him have the courage to challenge the prevailing schools of scientific thought with this theories, (2) his life-long belief in pacifism, which made more sense when I discovered that really Einstein was only very distantly involved with developing the atomic bomb, and (3) while extremely successful scientifically, Einstein was not often successful in personal family relationships. Oh, and that story that you may have heard that Einstein flunked math when he was younger? Not true. Overall, well written book that I would recommend to anyone wanting to know more about this intellectual giant.

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