Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson
By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin 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.

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Reviewed: 2017-04-03

After having read Issacson's biography of Steve Jobs, I decided that I wanted to read his book on Einstein. If was even better than I'd hoped it would be. Maticulously researched and provided a great mix of his scientific endeavors and achievments and his personal life. Knowing that science has shown Einstein has a brain that was very different than others gave him an advantage, I never took the approach that I had something to learn from Eistein or his methodd. Instead, I listened to the book to understand how a person so different functioned in life.

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