Einstein His Life and Universe

ISBN-10: 0743264746
ISBN-13: 9780743264747
Edition: N/A
Authors: Walter Isaacson
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 5/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 9.75" wide x 6.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

By the author of the acclaimed bestsellerBenjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk -- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate -- became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a B. A. in history and literature from Harvard College. He then attended the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College and read philosophy, politics, and economics. He began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He has written numerous books including American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography, Steve Jobs, and The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

Acknowledgments
Main Characters
The Light-Beam Rider
Childhood, 1879-1896
The Zurich Polytechnic, 1896-1900
The Lovers, 1900-1904
The Miracle Year: Quanta and Molecules, 1905
Special Relativity, 1905
The Happiest Thought, 1906-1909
The Wandering Professor, 1909-1914
General Relativity, 1911-1915
Divorce, 1916-1919
Einstein's Universe, 1916-1919
Fame, 1919
The Wandering Zionist, 1920-1921
Nobel Laureate, 1921-1927
Unified Field Theories, 1923-1931
Turning Fifty, 1929-1931
Einstein's God
The Refugee, 1932-1933
America, 1933-1939
Quantum Entanglement, 1935
The Bomb, 1939-1945
One-Worlder, 1945-1948
Landmark, 1948-1953
Red Scare, 1951-1954
The End, 1955
Epilogue: Einstein's Brain and Einstein's Mind
Sources
Notes
Index

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