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Einstein The Art of Mindful Cycling: Achieving Balance in the Modern World

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling shines new light onto one of the great scientific icons, and explores how pushing that pedal can nurture mindfulness in a spiritually stressful age. The author steers us through his own perspective on cycling - weaving together the philosophical, practical and personal into an elegant balance. Add in a sprinkling of meditative insigh ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by Leaping Hare Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This little book is a veritable breath of fresh air in a stifled category.

Many books are written and marketed on a 'this will change your life' ticket. Dr Irvine's 'Mindful Cycling' makes no such trite promises, but conveys some much-needed simple and practical wisdom for refining one's lifestyle.

Taking Einstein as his role model, Irvine reveals to us the man behind the myth and shows, with references both scientific and personal, how such a remarkable human being's way of thinking was deeply
Raegan Rinchiuso
I wanted this book to be better. I am an avid cyclist and I endeavor to be more mindful so this seemed like a great book for me to read. I enjoyed the parts about Einstein but the author doesn't really make the connection to mindfulness that he implies in the title. A lot of his statements about cycling are assumptions and not supported by facts. And honestly his writing isn't that good. I think he had a wonderful idea for a book but he just didn't quite hit the mark. ...more
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Me encantó.
No es una novela, es un manifiesto a favor de la bicicleta. Habla de la historia de la bicicleta, de la experiencia personal del autor y como no, de Einstein.

He terminado con la sensación de que:
1. Voy a sacarle las telarañas a la bicicleta y volver a usarla.
2. Quiero leer una biografía de Albert Einstein, siempre me ha gustado mucho este personaje pero el libro me ha creado la necesidad de saber mucho más de el.

En definitiva, es una pequeña joya.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the book and realized that I have many of the same feelings and thoughts that Einstein had while riding his bike. Not the exact feelings but that while riding my bike I notice more things and become more creative when riding. It is more social to ride a bike around town and that makes you understand your surroundings more.
Nathan Johnson
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
A pretty interesting look at how cycling helps us connect to the broader world around us and appreciate it more - all told with an eye towards how Einstein implemented these same techniques.
Juraj Holub
Touching read on the beauty of cycling and how it can help us see things in brighter light. At times, I felt like Ben was reading what is on my mind and heart when it comes to the emotions evoked by cycling.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Einstein’s life, mindfulness / meditation and cycling are not obvious bedfellows and this book does not work although it is a valiant try. I skipped pages and, in the end, got bored by the disjointedness of it all. The book does have one or two interesting facts about ‘our Albert’ such as the fact that he played the violin and was a cyclist (not at the same time). Others might like it but not for me
Bradley Gram-hansen
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although the book is clearly written by one whom is more a philosopher than physicist . It is still an insightful and enjoyable book to read. Definitely one for all types of cyclists !
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy

Einstein & The Art of Mindful Cycling: Achieving Balance in the Modern World by Ben Irvine is a side by side look at the father of Relativity and the simplest machine used for travel. Irvine is a writer, publisher, campaigner, and recovered philosopher. He blogs for The School of Life, teaches philosophy to undergraduates at Cambridge University and is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at Durham University.

As a reader of science who had a dose of philosophy in college and grad s
Einstein & The Art of Mindful Cycling is a book that gave me pause multiple times. It appears to have multiple personalities/agendas: the history of bicycles; the physical and mental health benefits of cycling (both scientifically proven); and biographical and anecdotal information about Albert Einstein (perhaps because he enjoyed cycling). Say WHAT?!?!? What an odd combination...

I understand the joy of cycling, I really do. It takes you out into the world, gives you freedom, lets you run/ride a
Dan Cohen
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a peculiar little book. As the title suggests, it's a book on mindfulness, making connections with cycling and with Einstein. It is nicely written and moderately thought-provoking. I think the author makes rather too much of the mindfulness associated with cycling - I'm not saying that they cannot be associated as he states but there's only a partial match with my own experience. Generally it feels like the author has rose-coloured glasses when looking at cycling and Einstein. ...more
Joe Kanzangu
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an avid cyclist living in Denver, I’ve always had a profound and intimate connection to my first convertible. So in brevity, I’d say this was such a rejuvenating read to understand Einstein’s passion for not only the world and the creativity that stems from our integration but the long lasting innovation that is the bicycle and how it enables us to do so much. Here’s to a new year of mindful motion and continued exploration. Would recommend, it’ll change your life.
Cherry Jeffs
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book - and I certainly do love the beautiful binding and design - but in the end I lost the will to finish it. I’m a big fan of Einstein as I share his birthday but he wasn’t a saint and the folksy portrayal of his relationship to his wife and son are simplistic to say the least, and that ultimately put me off the book, much as I love the overall premise.
Dee Sanfilippo
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet little book equating the life and mannerisms of Einstein with mindful cycling. He calls cycling a living meditation and his writing carefully weaves these worlds together. It is a love song to both, beautifully performed.
James Gale
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
Ego stoke for cyclists while praising humility
Vanessa Miranda
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para los amantes del ciclismo este es un gran libro, inspirador, sientes que por fin alguien te entiende cuando lees las páginas de este libro. Lo ame.
Wyley Conner
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was in absolute love with this book <3 I would recommend it to anyone and read it again myself.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mindfulness

Con "Einstein y el arte de montar en bicicleta" inauguraba la editorial Siruela "Tiempo de mirar", una colección dedicada a la meditación y a la atención plena que ya cuenta con cuatro títulos y que es tan atractiva y está tan bien editada, que lo primero que uno hace es precisamente dedicar un buen rato a mirar los libros en sí, con sus cubiertas de excelente calidad, como las de antes, y sus guardas decoradas
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
The author does a good job of counterpointing the irrefutable material benefits, against the tangible thrills and synapse-cleansing jubilation.

To some extent he waxes lyrical; and I sympathise with that poetic urge to share an inexpressibly felt conviction that is too strong for words.

As a persuasive treatise it is hard to review because, to the likely readership, I envision this will be preaching to the converted.

I would struggle to know where to begin, if tasked with explaining the thousand mo
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Philosophy lite, seasoned by mindful meditation on a bicycle. The only kvetch I have is the label "divorce machines" the author lays on tandems. Tandems are relationship enhancers. If it is rocky, they will hurry you back to singles. If it is solid, the transcendent experience of tandem riding will cement a relationship in to a solid partnership, going farther, faster and longer than either partner can on their own. My daughters and I spent many happy hours on the tandem, and I will always treas ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
The few paragraphs about the invention of the bicycle were interesting, as was finding out that the bike is the most efficient way of moving:
A human unaided uses 0.75 calories per gram per kilometre, decent but not as efficient as a horse or a salmon. A human on a bike uses 0.15 calories per gram per kilometre. No other animal manages such efficiency and nor can any other machine; it is the equivalent of running 5,000km to the gallon. p. 50

The rest was just platitudes and nonsense.
Andy Matthews
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice look at cycling and meditation as well as a great bit of history about Einstein.

I like the idea that cyclists aren't interested in material goods as he noted but a trip to Regents Park on a weekend would swiftly change his mind. Also measuring audax rides in miles not Km is a bit of a faux pax as they originate from France.

Overall an enjoyable look at how we can be a bit more at peace in the modern world through the use of our bicycles.
Catarina Gutierrez
Einstein has been top of mind for me lately. So when I found a book that combined his thoughts on bikes and mindful thinking, I scooped it up right away. It's a bit of a general read on the topic and I found myself wanting more. I also feel like I know Einstein on a deeper, different level now. Read if you like the guy and like bikes. ...more
Ali Hysong
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I made the mistake of purchasing this under the impression that the title was a philosophical metaphor, which it clearly wasn't. However, the book served its purpose and was an easy and relatable read. I finished this in just a few hours and was able to jot down some good takeaway notes. ...more
Lectura ligera, el autor utiliza a modo excusa la vida de Einstein para hablar de bicicletas, mostrando una forma de pensamiento que el autor relaciona con estas. En algunos extractos cae en el fanatismo bicicletero.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
mindful cycling has a simplistic approach to finding the smallest of experiences; an adventure in itself.

i would definitely recommend this book for the busier person who feel disconnected and rushed throughout the day.
Leon Chlon
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Probably my fault for assuming the "cycling" in the title was a metaphor for a more profound story. It's literally a book about bicycles, my most despised vehicle. ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A charming little book which rather earnestly extols the virtue of cycling as a meditative act, using Einstein as its exemplar.
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