Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words
Albert Einstein, among the greatest scientists of all time, was also a man of profound thought and deeply humane feelings. His collected essays offer a fascinating and moving look at one of the twentieth century's leading minds.
Covering a fifteen year period from 1934 to 1950, the contents of this book have been drawn from Einstein's articles, addresses, letters and assort
"Reason, of course, is weak, when measured against its never-ending task. Weak, indeed, compared with the follies and passions of mankind, which, we must admit, almost entirely control our human destinies, in great things and small. Yet the works of the understanding outlast the noisy bustling generations and spread light and warmth across the centuries." [pg.219]
"It is the goal of every ...more
The book is organized well; for example, if you are interested in his views on politics or society, there are sections for that. If you are interested in his views on science, or in finding out about his work in physics or astronomy, there is a section on that also.
This book is a nice way to introduce yourself to th ...more
I would recommend this as a quick and interesti ...more
This collection is divided into six sections: Convictions and Beliefs, in which Einstein shares his thoughts on religion, ethics, education, and liberty; Science, in which he explains the state of physics in the mid-Twentieth Century, including a great layman’s explanation of his Theories of Relativity; Public Affairs, in which he explores issues as diverse as race, class inequity, the ro ...more
Interesting to see Einstein's views on a variety of subjects, but his writing style is pure ponderous college lecture so that most of the articles can be really had to get through.
Amazing how progressive he is on so many issues, especially considering when these were written.
In his philosophical writings, Einstein muses on subjects like religion, government, social justice and education. I found this to be the most intriguing part of the book and found much of his wisdom to be ...more
- advocated for world peace through an idealistic proposal of having a world government (he didn't think the UN could do much given the precedent of the League of Nations)
- spoke out on race relations in America
- had proposals for overhauling education
- supported the Labour Zionist movement (including the creation of the State of Israel; he preferred the Arabs and Jews ...more
I read it twenty+ years ago - what sticks with me is the insight that morality is the province of philosophy and religion, whereas law is the province of government. There's a lot of overlap, but for different purposes. Law is there to protect members of society from becoming victims - as members of an entity more powerful than oneself, knowing that society protects the individual from others is necessary. Philosophy and religion, which I'll compress ...more
Einstein was a rabid advocate of a world government, and a supporter of socialism. At first, I figured his misguided views were reasonable given the alarmism at the time about nuclear warfare, and his role in the ...more
I was amazed at his viewpoints on the educational system and urge every parent and educator, that if you read nothing else in your life, READ THIS SECTION! It will chan ...more
I kept looking for something special that did not come.... I might have just had way too high expectations for this reading.
The book, which is mostly a collection of Einstein writings ( including a lot of english errors ) is a good insight on his genius mind, nothing more.