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Here's the definitive collection of Einstein's popular writings, gathered under his supervision. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, religion & science, to human rights, economics & government.
378 pages
Published June 1973 by Souvenir Press (first published 1954)
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book cause i wanted to know more about the man who postulated the theory of relativity. And i was delightfully surprised by the human nature of Albert Einstein. The book is collection of his speeches, interviews and articles covering his views and opinions about diverse fields ranging from Physics to philosophy and life in general. Amazed to find that most of his ideas are valid even in today's world.Einstein seems to had opinions on almost every subject and most of these ...more
مديحة حوري
كل شيء يبدأ بفكرة، والأفكار عادة تبدأ ضعيفة، تبدو لغير صاحبها ساذجة تافهة،، لكن يقويها ايمان صاحبها الراسخ بها، دعمه لها بأساليب الاثبات العلمية، والصبر على استهانه الناس بها، الى أن يظهرها الله أو يهلك صاحبها دونها
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's ever heard of Einstein and his brilliant career.
It was interesting to read - though I admit to skimming a few of the entries that did not appeal to me. And, though I did not agree with all of Dr. Einstein's views, I found it incredibly interesting - and intellectually stimulating - to read his opinions, ideas, and theories. It was almost eerie to read some of his predictions concerning the United States in regards to a second world war (which happened), a Cold War (check), a Nuclear War (please, no), and even our economic and political issues ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Unbelievable. No words. Just lovely.
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I wanted to get to know Einstein a little. I'd run across several insightful quotes from him and decided to explore what he was all about. As my rating indicates, I felt this book was just "ok". The man himself was very impressive. He was definitely a humanitarian, and wanted nothing but peace. But the book is a collection of his essays and I didn't find it fascinating reading. It also seemed too repetitious at times. The last section of the book was about his "ideas &am ...more
Dan Goldberg
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The words of the master himself. Not a biography written by someone else. Einstein's writings are fascinating. His opinions...thought provoking and invigorating. I highly recommend this book!
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

A book of a variety of subject matter, many of which are likely better pursued in other works. Wisdom, politics, and science are stuttered through articles, speeches, letters and statements, i.e. it is often truncated, generalized, esoteric, and/or repeated. So why go this route? For me, there are two main reasons: 1) the man is not separate from his ideas; and 2) a tast
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
I never seen a man like him!
Such a great mentality I ever seen in my whole life. He has different vision that the all other people around the world!!

In spite of my disagreement with some of his opinions for maybe genetic factors but he still number one.

On the other hand I agree with his ideals!
Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: main
Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: La mayoría ha de vivir temerosa ante la posibilidad de verse eliminada del ciclo económico, y sufrir así la falta de lo necesario. Los habitantes de distintas naciones se matan entre sí a intervalos regulares. La inteligencia y el carácter de las masas son muy inferiores a la inteligencia y al carácter de los pocos que producen algo valioso para la comunidad. Combinar la sabiduría y el poder ha tenido éxito muy pocas veces, y cuando lo tuvo no fue por much ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."

"Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation."

"Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, he
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of writings and lectures by Albert Einstein, organised in sections, discussing ideas, politics, pacifism, the Jewish people, science and more. I got through all of it until I reached the final part: contributions to science. Although Einstein's writing could be dense (particularly his pre-war stuff), it was generally understandable. The science writing was beyond me. I struggled through a lot of it, but stopped when I realised that I had read entire pages that didn't make an ...more
Chris Barrett
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always believe that WHEN you read a particular book for the first time is akin to the first time you heard say Gershwin for the first time or Rakim. Whatever your tastes are the timing does matter. For me, this book mattered a great deal when I first read it.
I read this in 1995. I was 21 and about to move into a 285 square foot efficiency, on my own. So one can imagine the impact a book like this can have at that age in that place.

I absorbed the book like an Iguana in the desert laying in 3
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
It is quite awesome that the intellectual superstar of the 20th century had an opinion on almost everything and what's more those opinions are there to be shared and discussed on thanks to this collection of public talks and letters. It is so rare to find a scientist in the 'public intellectual' space these days with the breadth of wisdom as Einstein.
Inspiring read.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go, dive, explore, build your opinion; this will do service to all.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this book at least a dozen times to people over the years. Wise insights and a good book to have around.
SJ Loria
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is Einstein a Philosopher?

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. The most recent addition to my “Top Shelf” on my bookshelf.

Everyone “knows” Einstein as the scientist with the scientist look, E=MC2, etc. Until reading this I thought Einstein was just a scientist. After reading this book I stand in awe of the man’s intellect, the wide range of topics he thinks about, and the beautiful way that he writes and thinks.

Someone recently told me an entrepreneur is an artist. I bel
Mark Feltskog
This is a book by Albert Einstein. Unlike the rest of us, he is Einstein.

Enough said.
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Importância da Boa Vontade

No decurso da minha longa vida recebi dos meus companheiros um reconhecimento muito maior do que aquele que mereço e confesso que o meu sentido de humildade sempre se sobrepôs ao meu prazer. Mas nunca, em ocasiões anteriores, a dor se sobrepôs tanto ao prazer como agora. Todos nós, que estamos preocupados com a paz e o triunfo da razão e da justiça, devemos estar hoje claramente conscientes do peso que uma pequeníssima justificação e uma boa vontade honesta podem exe
A solid collection of Einstein's writing, covering a wide variety of topics. I was surprised every now and then by how "naive" he could be in political matters. Not that he's "wrong" anywhere, just maybe a little too convinced that "the good guys" will win eventually in spite of all the evidence (which he cites!) that they do not? Also, some of his ideas become a little repetitive, but that's really the editor's fault and not Einstein's. Although I have to admit that the last section with papers ...more
I got halfway through this book. I couldn't read it fast enough since I had to return it to the library and had other books I checked out at the same time (I'm too lazy to renew). Anyway, I'd buy it though, or check it out again, it was interesting and I appreciated and respected Einsteins opinions, remarks, and quotes. What a brain; how would that be?
Sebsibe Fikir
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i really pleased by reading this book of albert einstein;coz i always wanna to read different books of different peoples who have master mind, and he is also one & my first choice. no one is perfect in this world;but information makes everyone perfect. man of gr8 thought albert....sebsibe wish his friends to join his reading network. hey guys let's start.....
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the first part of this book fantastic, the later part of the book was a bit over my head as I was not familiar with some of the other scientists theories that he was quoting from so I became a bit lost during the 2nd half of the book and had to slow my reading down to process it.
Noor Iqbal
definately...some ideas hidden in our mind...and some thoughts we express by our movement and actions......fantastic work
Dana Jerman
Full of quotes and quips from a giant brain. Wholesome.
Mike Fiddleman
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i was surprised that one of the smartest guys, let's see...ever, could write so simply. you hardly have to be polysyllabic to read this and it was a joy.
Sinan Canan
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu adamı bu kitapla sevdim :)
Igor Stojanov
A good review of the ideas of Einstein. Contains letters, public speeches, and opinions on many topics including his humanism, pacifism, religion, relativity and everything in between. The main surprise was that he advocated to the US president for the development of the bomb before the Germans developed it. And after reading Schroedinger, the Germans at that time were not focused on building the bomb.

Some quotes I liked:
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojo
Kelly Maria Leyden
This was an enjoyable read. For those not quite experienced or interested in the field of theoretical physics, but are interested in gaining an insight into the philosophies of one of the world’s greatest thinkers of all time; Albert Einstein. Then, this book serves well to portray the kind of man that Einstein was, as well as the political, spiritual and personal ideologies that drove his passions to do the work that he did. It was clear that Einstein dedicated his life’s work through the desir ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some beautiful thoughts about peace, about the meaning of life, about God, about almost everything. I was in waaaay over my head in the last section called "Contributions to Science." But my own peculiar illness dictated that I read every word, even when I had to start reading out loud to try to make any sense of those words.

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it
Manas Datta
Remarkable insight into the mind of the dreamer. It shows the humane side to this physics genius and his strong bond to his innerself
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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming ...more
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