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A century after Albert Einstein began postulating his "Big Idea" about time, space, and gravity, a new biography examines the scientist whose public idolization was surpassed only by his legitimacy as one of humanity's greatest thinkers. Walter Isaacson, the author of excellent profiles of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, utilizes a trove of material from recently op ...more
Hardcover, 736 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Debate Editorial (first published April 10th 2007)
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Zunaira Giggles This book makes you appreciate the universe and peace in a way that I think is often blind sighted by the hyper-informed society we live in with…moreThis book makes you appreciate the universe and peace in a way that I think is often blind sighted by the hyper-informed society we live in with various constant news media channels highlighting every incident as if it is the end of humanity.(less)
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Laurel
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book primarily because of my fiance's interest in Einstein's life and theories. I thought it might help me to actually have a somewhat intelligent reply on the rare occasion he starts talking physics (don't tell him I said so, but he is much smarter than I am). :)

I felt a bit daunted by the length of it at first (700 pages, or 22 hours on 18 CDs), but the book is engrossing from the start. The periodic and quite detailed descriptions of Einstein's theories and research wer
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Luís C.
Einstein and Nuclear Energy

Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Albert Einstein regarded as the scientific history of the twentieth century. Einstein proposed the famous equation E = mc2. This equation proved to be revolutionary for future studies in nuclear physics, but in those days the means to prove experimentally were not available. Thus, the energy E m represents the mass, both interconnected by the speed of light c. This equation related to mass conversions of energy, therefore, it could
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Diane
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite picture books that I saved from childhood is called Albert Einstein by Ibi Lepscky. It's the story of Albert as a child, showing him as quiet and absentminded, and preferring to play the violin rather than roughhouse with other boys in the neighborhood. It also tells the story of when Albert had a fever and had to stay in bed, his father gave him a compass. Albert became fascinated by the needle and asked so many thoughtful questions about the magnetic fields and the poles of ...more
brian
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
here's a letter a young einstein wrote to his pal.
the 1st paragraph: more waugh than egghead, eh?
and that 2nd paragraph?
those 'papers'?
"a modification of the theory of space and time"?
holy shit.


Dear Habicht,

Such a solemn air of silence has descended between us that I almost feel as if I am committing a sacrilege when I break it now with some inconsequential babble. So, what are you up to, you frozen whale, you smoked, dried, canned piece of soul? Why have you still not sent me your dissertat
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Bonnie
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My brother-in-law recommended this biography in 2007. It is one of the most incredible books I’ve read in a long time. There are eleven pages of sources alone! This book is meticulously researched, beautifully written, fascinating, inspiring, and wonderful on every level. It’s 551 pages long, and I so did not want this book to end!

Isaacson immerses us in a detailed, in depth probing of Einstein’s life – personal, intellectual, scientific, political, and cultural - against a backdrop of the histo
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أبو يوسف
من أجمل وأروع السير الذاتية التي قرأتها , تعلمت واستفدت منها الكثير.
على الرغم من حجم الكتاب الكبير واسترساله في المسائل الفيزيائية إلا أن الكاتب نجح في شد انتباهي حتى النهاية.







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العبقرية.. وقيود المجتمع

فهد عامر الاحمدي

* حين نصف شخصاً بانه مبدع فماذا نعني بذلك!؟

في الغالب نقصد انه خرج بشيء جديد وغريب لم يستطرق من قبل. وحين يخرج المرء بشيء جديد فانه في الغالب يخالف واقعاً معتاداً وطريقة اعترف
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Brendon Schrodinger
So I 've had a love/hate with Einstein for a few years now. I recognised the great work that he did regarding General and Special Relativity, the Photoelectric Effect and Brownian Motion - brilliant stuff.

But why does Einstein get wheeled out for every portrayal of a great scientist? Why does everyone feel the need to quote the guy regarding religion, education, happiness, sociology....everything? This really annoyed me - and I guess it still does.



In an education lecture a few weeks ago the lec
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نورة عبدالملك
لدي عادة سيئة مع قراءة السير :( أنني سرعان ما أألفها وأعيش معها حتى تكون جزءا من يومي وصديقا لا أستطيع الفكاك منه :(
حتى إذا وصلت لمرحلة النهاية أصابني الحزن على فقد صاحب السيرة وكأنني فقدت حبيبا أو قريبا، ولعل أكثر بيت ينطبق علي في سرعة الألفة والتمسك الشديد بالمألوف قول المتنبي: خلقت ألوفا لو رجعت إلى الصبا .. لفارقت شيبي موجع القلب باكيا!
حسنا سأحاول تجاوز مرحلة الحزن الآن إلى مرحلة رثاء صاحبنا العبقري "آينشتاين" ولعل سر سيرته الذاتية التي همست لنا به هو أن اينشتاين لم يكن شخصا عظيما أو كاملا أ
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Alyazi
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أينشتاين أينشتاين .. لقد أضحكتني ، أمتعتني ، أغضبتني ، أبكيتني .. وأشعلتَ في داخلي عوالماً فيزيائية كونية .. ورغبات جديدة كُلياً على رُوح .
كنت سعيدة بي لأنني أقرأك ، وغاضبة مني لأنني أبدو أحياناً متعاطفة معكَ كُلياً وكم يبدو هذا سيئاً ! فأنتَ لم تكن عالماً فحسب ، لم تكن ألمانياً تخليت عن جنسيتك ، لم تكن يهودياً فقط بل صهيونياً أيضاً تحاول الإنصاف .. أترى ها أنا أحاول أن أبرر لكْ مع أنه لا يجب أن يحدثَ ذلك .. أنتَ ساهمت في بناء إسرائيل في أرض فلسطين ، أنتَ رغبتَ بهذا مع أنكَ لم كنت بادئ ذي بدء ت
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Chrissie
The book wasn’t amazing, but the man certainly was. Don’t get me wrong; I really liked the book, and it is one I would recommend to all those readers who want to meet an intelligent, wonderful, honest, humble person. I am not calling him great for what he did for science, but for the kind of person he was. He will appeal to those of you who like non-conformists, people with imagination and curiosity. He is one of those few adults who manage to keep alive a child’s delight in the world around the ...more
Jason Koivu
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Einstein: His Life and Universe is but a mere pinch of Einstein's theories mixed in with a modest helping of his life. The brevity was too my taste as I was only in the mood for a tiny taste of Einstein bio. Too much of the genuis' theory is liable to give me brain-freeze, so this was perfect. And done just the way I like it, tight and to the point.
Jamie
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A while back I had tried to read Walter Isaacson's biography on Benjamin Franklin, but just couldn't get through it because the author mired everything down in pointless details. Despite that, I decided to give his more recent book about famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein a try. If it turned out to be boring, I'd just drop it. Turned out, I loved it.

What I loved about Isaacon's book here is the way it delicately balances three aspects: the life of Einstein from a strictly biographical a
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Lee
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'll know Albert like your own grandfather after reading this. This book covers the complete life of Albert Einstein, from his childhood (he never did fail a math test) and early attraction to science and math to his love life, his children, his education, his employment, his many great theories and discoveries, his relationship with all of his famous peers, his rise to public fame, his sincere beliefs in freedom from oppression, 2 world wars, his role with the bomb, and his life in the US. An ...more
Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EINSTEIN: HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE BY WALTER ISAACSON: Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, takes biography writing to a whole new level with Einstein: His Life and Universe. This isn’t just the story of Albert Einstein from birth until death; Isaacson escorts the reader on a unique journey through the mind of Einstein, as well as through the eyes of his friends and family; along the way one becomes so close and understanding of the man of the twentieth century it is as i ...more
Amy
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Einstein was a great read - I gained a new appreciation for Einstein as a person and his scientific world. In the beginning of the book, I didn't know quite what to think of Einstein. I couldn't tell if he possessed great confidence or if he crossed over to being arrogant, and I wasn't impressed with how he handled his personal relationships. However, as the book went on, I gained an appreciation for his thirst for knowledge, his independent thinking, confidence, determination, and even kindness ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Einstein : his life and universe, Walter Isaacson
عنوان: زندگی و جهان اینشتین؛ نویسنده: والتر ایساکسن؛ برگردان: علی بهفروز؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، دانشگاه تهران، 1389، در 700 ص، فروست: انتشارات دانشگاه تهران، شماره 3084، شابک: 9789640360514، موضوع: اینشتین، آلبرت، 1879 تا 1955 م.؛ فیزیکدانان، سرگذشتنامه، نسبیت، نظریه میدان واحد

نظریه پرداز بزرگ نسبیت بود و تئوری
E = mc2
را ارائه داد که پیامد آن دانشمندان فیزیک، به انرژی هسته ای دست یافتند
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Robert
This is an incredibly well researched, detailed account of all aspects of Einstein's life, personal, scientific and political that I can highly recommend to anybody interested. I learned heaps I didn't know and had the record set straight on a number of points, mainly regarding Einstein's political views, how they changed over time and his level of support for setting up the Manhattan Project.

I read the book with a specific research agenda, which was to independently form an opinion as to whethe
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Mohamed IBrahim
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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حسناً أنوي الكتابة عن الكتاب نفسه ، لا أقصد المحتوي بالطبع ، رغم أناقة الحديث عن هذا العبقري المغرور الذي غير وجه فهمنا للعالم وكان للأسف من أعظم علماء الفيزياء . حسناً بالطبع بول ديراك {{برقبته}}ولكن علي كل فهو قدير بأن يكتب عنه الكثير فهي صدفة سعيدة جعلته يسبق هيلبرت فى الوصول لحقائق النظرية النسبية الخاصة (سعيدة بالنسبة له علي الأقل) وهذه الحقائق لن تنكر حقيقة أنه عبقري ومتمرد حقيقي.

أكتب لان الكتاب نفسه لديه قصة طويلة لدى ، إنه يؤرخ لأسعد ذكريات حياتى علي الاطلاق ، فبعض كلمات هذا الكتاب تحتوي
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Andrej Karpathy
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second read of an Einstein biography, this time by Isaacson. Coming from Isaacson, the book is well-written and seemed very thoroughly researched. Overall a great read, but if I had to complain my biggest issue is that the emphasis was not allocated very well. For instance, a huge portion of the book is devoted to Einstein’s personal life, reading through his correspondence with his love interests. It’s interesting for a while, but after some point I thought we were intruding a littl ...more
محمد وفيق زين العابدين
كتاب جيد عن حياة [ألبرت أينشتاين] وأعماله، وأهميته من جهة كونه من أكثر الكُتب توثيقًا لحياة أينشتاين، فالكُتب التي أُلفت حول المُترجم له والمعلومات التي نُقلت عنه كثيرة جدًا لكنها مليئة بالمُغالطات لاسيما من اليهود الذين يُفاخرون بيهودية أينشتاين ودعمه لمشروعهم القومي، فالمُؤلف ينفي الشائعة الشهيرة عن المُترجم له بأنه رسب في بداية حياته في المدرسة في الرياضيات، بل يُثبت أنه أتقن التفاضل والتكامل وفاق مُدرسيه قبل سن الخامسة عشر من عمره، كما ذكر أن العبقري الذي كان في بداية حياته مُتحمسًا للمشروع ...more
TS Chan
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this did take me quite a while to finish, I do like it a lot. I just dragged through this over a period as at some point it started to feel a bit dry, but that was more from my state of mind as this was not an easy book to digest.

A bit of history about me and Einstein, not that I know him personally of course! Back in high school, I loved books so much that I was a school librarian. I also had a very early interest in science which was instilled by my father who actually bought me a set o
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Patrick Zandl
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uf. Pro mě jednoznačně kniha poslední doby, což tak nemusí mít každý, ale já jsem na Einsteina prostě zatížený. Kniha je o životě a práci Alberta Einsteina, což asi u životopisu nepřekvapí, ale pár věcí zmíním.

Za prvé mě překvapilo, odkud vlastně pochází Einsteinovy příklady s vlaky a nikdy by mě nenapadlo, jak velký vliv může mít práce kousek od hypermoderní technologie, jakou tehdy byly vlaky, na práci teoretického fyzika.

Za druhé se mi líbil věčný rozpor mezi raným revolucionářem v oboru a
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Nyamka Ganni
Ойрд зав муутай ном сайн уншиж чадахгүй байсаар Гүүдрийдсийн бүлгээрээ уншихаар сонгосон ном болох Einstein: His life and Universe нэртэй Эйнштейний намтрыг уншихаар өмнөө бариад сууж байна. Алдарт эрдэмтний туулж өнгөрүүлсэн амьдралынх нь тухай илүү ихийг мэдэх гэж байгаадаа баярлах сэтгэл төрөн тусгайчлан цаг гарган уншиж байна.

Номоо ч эхлүүллээ. Ерөнхийдөө дажгүй шүү. Түүний амьдрал ер нь бол дардан шулуун байсангүй. Төрөлхийн тэрслүү зантай, тогтсон хэвшмэл үзэлтэй санал нийлдэггүй түүн шиг
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Iman A. Saeed
منذ الصغر و آينشتاين يجذب انتباهي بصفته صاحب أكثر النظريات الفيزيائية غموضا -و شهرة في الوقت نفسه- على مر التاريخ،،أردت أن أجمع بين
التعرف أكثر عن النسبية و عن حياة آينشتاين و أراءه الدينية و السياسية
و الحقيقة أنني وجدته إنسانا في المقام الأول له ما له و عليه ما عليه.
و هنا يجدر الإشارة إلى تميز المؤلف ف جمعه بين الجوانب العلمية و الجوانب الحياتية الأخرى في قالب سردي ممتع.
و بعد قراءتي للكتاب ازداد احترامي لهذا العالم بقدر ما احترمت آينشتاين الإنسان الذي تعرفت عليه على صفحات ذلك الكتاب.
أخيرا..أنص
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Zorka Zamfirova
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obožavam ovog čoveka. Zabeležio sam sebi pokoju mudrost od njega. Vredi čitati, što zbog Alberta, što zbog knjige.
Patryx
Arrivata alla fine (la morte di Einstein) mi sono sentita triste, come se mi avesse lasciato un vecchio maestro che conosceva da tanto, il quale con le sue parole e il suo esempio mi aveva aiutato a capire il mondo, quello della fisica e quello delle persone.
Ho iniziato dalla fine perché ancora non riesco a credere che non potrò più ascoltare il caro vecchio Albert: sono nella prima fase del lutto, quello dell’incredulità e del rifiuto della perdita. So benissimo che il mio Albert l’ho conosciu
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Jacqui
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Everyone knows Albert Einstein--smart man, came up with E+MC2, helped create the atomic bomb--but I didn't know much beyond the hype. That's why I picked up Walter Isaacson's award winning book Einstein: His Life and Universe (Simon and Schuster 2007). I like to read about smart people. What's different about how they think than other people? Can they relate to ordinary people? Where do they get the amazing ideas they come up with?

As often as not, brilliant people become criminals as successes l
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Tony
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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EINSTEIN: His Life and Universe. (2007). Walter Isaacson. *****.
This was one of the most engaging biographies that I have read in years. I think that second place also goes to Isaacson and his biography of Ben Franklin. Einstein was born in Ulm (remember that – it’s often a crossword puzzle clue) in 1879. His youth and early education is covered adequately, along with those of his siblings. He was born into a non-practising Jewish family. In later years, when he was forced to list some personal
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Ross
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several biographies of Einstein and this is certainly the best. It is also exhaustive, 3 times the size of any of the others.
I especially enjoyed the quite detailed coverage of Einsteins's trials and tribulations during the 10 years he labored mightily to extend his theory of special relativity to his masterpiece of general relativity.
The author includes a great deal of coverage of Einstein's efforts to promote his idea of the need for a world governing body that would have all the m
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Sherif Hamdy
اينشتاين
فى فيلم ستيفن هوكينغ الجديد 'the theory of every thing'ينقل لنا المخرج بصورة رائعة مفعمة بالحماس الذي كان بالفعل يضطرب فى نفوس العلماء انذاك ما يمكن ان نراه انه دين وعقيدة شغف بها واعتبرها غاية يصبو اليها السيد اينشتاين ...
بعدما تسال ستيفن زوجته المستقبلية فى احدى الحفلات عمايدين به بعدما اخبرها انه متخصص فى علم الكون يخبرها "ان ما يعبده بكل بساطة هو معادلة موحدة تصف كل شئ معادلة واحدة تتصف بالجمال والاناقة الى حد انها تصف كل مايحويه نسيج الزمكان فى ثناياه"
هذه هى ..هذه هى البدايه والنها
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Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of "Time" magazine. He is the author of "Steve Jobs"; "Einstein: His Life and Universe"; "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life"; and "Kissinger: A Biography," and the coauthor of "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made." He lives in Washington, DC.
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