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Albert Einstein-Max Born, Briefwechsel 1916-1955

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Albert Einstein and Max Born were great friends. Their letters span 40 years and two world wars. In them they argue about quantum theory, agree about Beethoven's heavenly violin and piano duets (that they played together when they met) and chat about their families. Equally important, the men commiserate over the tragic plight of European Jewry and discuss what part they s ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1969)
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Manny
Plato was doubtful about artists, and one of his fundamental objections is that it's easier and more entertaining to write about bad people than about good people. Bad people do bad things. We can become indignant and hope they won't get away with it; the dramatic tension necessary to create an interesting story happens by itself. There are always a few bad people who are occupying everyone's attention in this way. Right now, the bad person the world loves to hate is Donald Trump, and it require ...more
мини тяло
Всеки е някак си съвместно отговорен за всичко.

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Сега и времето е чудесно. Лежа на брега като крокодил, оставям се да бъда изгорен от слънцето, не поглеждам никакъв вестник и пет пари не давам за така наречения свят.

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Казваш си, че е винаги май и целият свят, пълен със сочна, млада, благовкусна зеленина, е постоянно тук за едного, и изведнъж свръхбързо се озоваваш, с откъснат крак, куцайки и преситен от живота, в калта на просмукания от дъжда междуселски път. Така си мислех първом: аха, ето ме
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Anthony
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good example of agreeing to disagree and remaining civil and kind and friends. We could really use these qualities today.
NeDa
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Освен физиката и философията,
приятелство и обич, въпреки различията:
Все пак на този свят няма никой, когото да уважавам по-дълбоко и на когото дължа повече от теб. Нашето моментно различие на мненията не променя нищо от това.
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Ние се развихме като антиподи в нашите научни очаквания. Ти вярваш в бог, хвърляш зарове, а аз в пълната подвластност на закона в един свят на нещо обективно биващо, което търся да уловя по диво спекулативен път.
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Засега бъди сърдечно поздравен като един от моите най-скъпи
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BetseaK

What I particularly like about these letters between the two powerful minds is the fascinating insight into what Einstein implied by 'incompleteness' of the quantum theory and Born's misinterpreting it as if Einstein had argued against the admissibility of the theory for not being rigorously deterministic (as clearly explained in the letter 115, from Pauli to Born).
The letters also offer a valuable personal reflections of the academic, political and social situation of their time.
Highly recommen
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Mike Ceballos
Existe un cierto grado de voyeurismo al momento de adentrarse en la correspondencia entre dos grandes científicos del siglo XX. La correspondencia entre ellos, nos permite vislumbrar la relación y amistad que existió entre Einstein y los Born; amistad que sobrevivió a grandes eventos en Alemania como la caída de la monarquía, la depresión económica, el surgimiento del Tercer Reich, la bomba atómica y sus consecuencias, y el inicio de la guerra fría.
Así mismo, a través de sus páginas encontramos
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Max Lester
Alot of unnecessary details ('Please Einstein, promote my friend and give him a position for 6 months here, and pull the strings for me there'). Einstein opens up to Born a bit and have philosophical arguments. Their political/state of affairs discussions are actually the most valuable thing in the book (a handful of things happened in the 1916-1955 period)
Jack
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
For the most part accessible to layman (to the physical sciences) as the letters mostly deal with politics, philosophy, and the personal lives of Born and Einstein. Towards the end some letters delve more into the physics where the debate over quantum mechanics became more contentions between the two scientists, I skipped these parts as they were Greek to me. It's fun to read about the lives and thoughts of these intellectual giants, they come out as very sagely and thoughtful individuals who ar ...more
Ricardo Guerreiro
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE LETTERS! I think they can reveal a great deal about the one who writes them. One of my favourite parts when reading biographies is when the text goes something like "in a letter dated November 5th, 1856, X wrote the following to Z: Dear Z...". Now imagine a compilation of Max Born to Albert Einstein to Max Born letters! Not only do the personalities of these men come to life through their words but also, being myself fond of the subject matter, the themes discussed could not have hooked m ...more
Lynn
Aug 27, 2008 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Not sure exactly which edition of this I'm reading, but it's in English -- maybe I'll try to tackle the German one someday. According to what I've read, Einstein was a pretty good writer in German, stylistically speaking.
Mimika D.
Lei este libro porque pense que al tratarse de correspondencia privada podria encontrar algo interesante o intimo en la personaliad de Einstein, pero no. De todas formas vale la pena leerlo.
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Рядко чета кореспонденция, но тази е изумителна. Книгата е съставена от писма между Макс Борн, съпругата му и Алберт Айнщайн, като коментарите към тях са на Макс Борн. Времето през което са писани тези писма е вероятно най-бурното време в историята на физиката и на Европа (независимо). Очакването в тях да има много формули е неоснователно (казвам го за тези, които се въздържат от математика). В тези писма човек може да види мислите обменени между един отличен и един гениален физик, но и мислите ...more
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