His Life and Universe

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Simon and Schuster
The definitive, internationally bestselling biography of Albert Einstein. Now the basis of Genius, the ten-part National Geographic series on the life of Albert Einstein, starring the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award­–winning actor Geoffrey Rush as Einstein.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how Einstein’s scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Einstein 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.

Einstein, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller, is a brilliantly acclaimed account of the most influential scientist of the twentieth century, “an illuminating delight” (The New York Times). The basis for the National Geographic series Genius, by the author of The Innovators, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,, [2017]
Edition: Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781501171383
Characteristics: xxii, 675 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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Geoffrey Rush plays Einstein in National Geographic's new TV series, and he is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

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Oct 28, 2019

Very good, detailed account of his life of which there are voluminous amounts of data. Kind of peters out towards the end, i.e. not as much scientific elaboration, collaborations, etc... and its a long one, with lots of science, but if you go slow, think about what your reading, its manageable, even if your not scientific by nature or don't have the background. The best part is revealing his thought processes, his thinking process, idea development from 'everyday' type theory's, justifications, validations and then working the math and physics from there.

Aug 07, 2019

Excellent and well documented book.

Mar 29, 2019

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." Einstein, arguably the most successful scientist of all time, formed most of his key insights when he was working a tedious desk job at the Swiss patent office after failing to find academic employment. His free spirited ways quickly led him into conflicts with established academics, but ultimately proved invaluable when he found success in theoretical physics by repeatedly questioning conventional wisdom. This detailed biography carefully explains Einstein's key theories within the context of world history. The book also spends considerable time detailing Einstein's challenging personal relationships with his family, friends, and peers.

Jun 19, 2015

Amazing book about an amazing man. It not only explores Einstein's character but also helps us understand the theories that Einstein discovered in layman's terms.

Jan 31, 2015

It is this book that succinctly distinguishes Walter Isaacson as a master biographer. In writing the story of Einstein, not only does he coin the scientist's life as a litany of scientific realities derived from the cosmos, but also dwells deep into the character nuances of Einstein. We are shown his true self, his religion, foibles, humanness relative to his theories. Above all, this book shows that Einstein was a political animal, for which elements of the American civil liberties can jocund, and even the genesis of academic freedom and free speech may be traced. We cannot, but appreciate such an exposition of Albert Einstein, the Rebel and Loner who changed the understanding of the world beyond what we see now.

May 12, 2014

Excellent. Interweaves the personal life and the science very effectively. Comprehensive but engaging.

Oct 27, 2013

What a great book. Full of cool inserts (copies of documents etc). Excellent info, beautifully arranged book.

Jun 10, 2013

Absolutely outstanding biography of Time magazines man of the 20th century. There have been many biographies of Einstein but none achieve what Isaacson has done by interweaving the science, personality of the man, and make it come alive during the fascinating era he lived through in history. It is a long book (550 or so pages of main text plus over 100 more of references and supporting material) but so worth the read. I hated when it came to its end. Throughout I laughed out loud at the many quotes from this genius. He truly was an amazing man, so worthy of learning about.

May 22, 2013

Wonderful comprehensive biography of arguably the greatest man in human history. Very readable and covers all aspects of Einstein's life. And what a storied and varied life the man led. I feel like I kinda know Albert Einstein personally, after reading this. I learned quite a lot about Einstein's science too. I should buy a copy of this book for my personal library. Definitely a keeper!


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