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Ideas and Opinions

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,629 ratings  ·  154 reviews
A new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein's popular writings, gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself. 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, and religion and science, to human rights, economics, and government.
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Bonanza Books (first published 1954)
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cassandra Kay Silva
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable. No words. Just lovely.
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
“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
Dan Goldberg
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
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!
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
Katya Mills
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Einstein's own words, what could be better? Some scientists struggle to bring their ideas to the general public, and many scientists require you to have a working knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to translate their writings. I was thrilled when I discovered this book and the easy way he writes about his life and theory. He was to science what Carl Jung was to psychology... both of them visionary, both humble. They both took the time to decodify their fields for us. Kinda like Bodhisat ...more
Mark Feltskog
This is a book by Albert Einstein. Unlike the rest of us, he is Einstein.

Enough said.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've given this book at least a dozen times to people over the years. Wise insights and a good book to have around.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go, dive, explore, build your opinion; this will do service to all.
SJ Loria
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sebsibe Fikir
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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
Mike Fiddleman
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dana Jerman
Full of quotes and quips from a giant brain. Wholesome.
Igor Stojanov
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book to know more about the person Einstein than the extraordinary physicist Einstein.The last half of the book is a collection of his lectures on important theories and I have no capability or expertise to review or present my views on such lectures.

However,what fascinated me were the initial and intermediate sections of the book where Einstein talks about his political,economic and religious views.When you read these chapters,you get a lot more insights into the mercurial si
Nur A.A Baig
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This guy can speak in depth just about any topic. I wonder whether his prose was just as good as the English translation.
This books is a compilation of the essays and letters written by Einstein about topics such as the general philosophy ,the persecution of Jews, the spreading nationalization, the atomic bomb( apparently every human contradicts--relative ethics is a bugger), the World War, the scientific community and the various scientific thought and theories of his time. His science writing
Cillian Flood
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting mainly as a first hand historical account of the world pre and post war. Einstein's opinions certainly reflect my own, but I confess I was pretty mostly when it became about mathematics. Which is a shame, I was hoping to get something out of it, I managed to understand Hawking's book okay, but maybe Einstein's notes just weren't designed to be read by a layman. He did use a metaphor when describing E = MC2 which was pretty helpful though. If only more of it took that route.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Einstein’s ideas on war, society, and racism is applicable today. His opinions about nuclear war written over 50 years ago seem to be a warning for today’s idiot leaders who seem hell bent on having the biggest and most destructive gun. Why should we care if the human race is exterminated? The planet will survive.
Jorge Luna
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book presents the views and opinions of the genius in his own words. I skipped some sections that were not of my interest. But overall, it is a inspiring book, that shows how even 60+ years later, we as people continue to face the same challenges and questions.
Rabb Jyot
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Always been fond of this man. This book is a nice compilation, which tells you more about a normal human behind the tag of Genius. It throws light on his understanding about the differences between religion and science as well as his humility & concern for world peace.
Louise Carter
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This books is a little hard to follow as it is structured by topic and not year, and is also a collection of bits and pieces and not meant to really be a whole book. It is very interesting none the less and a good read.
William Boyle
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
The man did not understand economics and it was greatly disturbing. Totally ruined his genius for me.
Manas A Datta
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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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