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As much as we all know that E=MC2 was Einstein's important and groundbreaking equation, do we really know what it means or why Einstein is regarded as one of history's foremost thinkers? In this absorbing biography, Michael White and John Gribbin reveal the man behind the physics and introduce us to his theories in an accessible and fascinating way. With an updated preface ...more
Published March 7th 2005 by Free Press (first published 1993)
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Paul Brogan
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Two authors — one to cover Einstein's science and another to deal with his personal history — made for an interesting read. They also served to highlight that Einstein was a complicated, almost dualistic person. He was an atheist, but fought for a Jewish homeland; he hated regimentation, yet revelled in the rigour of mathematics; he loved humanity, but wasn't very fond of people; he believed in peace, yet urged Roosevelt to develop the bomb.

We're all a mass of contradictions, but we raise our ey
Tefo Mohapi
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable book that looks wholistically at Einstein's. The book goes into detail into his scientific work as well as his personal life outside science. This is because it has two authors, one looking at the science, another at his personal life. I don't think I've ever read such a well rounded biography before that neither flatters nor attacks the subject but presents events as they happened. Having said that, the book doesn't discount how important Einstein was and is to our understanding of ...more
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Nao vou classificar pq ja o comecei a ler ha imenso tempo e nao sei o que por porque passei algumas partes a frente.

Sempre fui fascinada por pessoas que dedicam a sua vida a algo que amam e o Einstien era tão apaixonado por saber mais que é algo do mais belo que existe.

Bem estruturado, com informacao fidedigna e interessante. Parabens
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some neat explanations on physics principles relevant to Einstein's work wrapped in a pretty standard biography, with quite a few things I didn't know about this great man.
An ok read.
Lee Cadwallader-Allan
An enjoyable read (the actual science explanations lost me a times though).
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Schrödinger'in kedisinin peşinde" adlı kitaptan tanıdığım John Gribbin'in Michael White ile birlikte yazdığı biyografiyi okumaktan büyük zevk duydum. En kapsamlı biyografi olmasa da, Einstein'ın hayatını, içinde bulunduğu bilimsel gelişmeler hakkında kısa bilgiler vererek işlemiş olmasını çok beğendim.

Abartmayı seven canlılar olarak şunu söylemeliyim ki geçmiş yüzyılın tartışmasız en sıradışı isimlerinden birisiydi Albert Einstein. Ancak onu neyle ifade edersem edeyim, size ne kadar abartılı g
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This book tells the true and unique tale of a genius named,Albert Einstein.Through reading this story, the reader grows up with the impoverished young Albert and peruses through his young adult life with him, page after page. As you read his thoughts, opinions and concerns he seems not like a famous individual from long ago, but like a friend you are catching up with. Albert tells of his relationship with his mother, sister and young wife, he goes into details about his political affiliations an ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
...a concise book giving insight into the personal struggles and ideologies of a man who in the end became more than just that...also shows the difficulties a genuine thinker faces to become a scientist... ...not the type of scientists that come by the dozen driven by commercial agendas...their treatises rotting in some forgotten university shelf...
Amninder Narota
This is one of my favorite book and Gribbin dribbled every single detail in this book.
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Older, but good, biography
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Michael White was a British writer based in Sydney, Australia. He was a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, 'in a previous incarnation', he was a member of the band the Thompson Twins (1982).


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