Einstein by Walter Isaacson
His Life and Universe

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By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

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.

About Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson, presidente del Instituto Aspen, ha sido presidente de la CNN y director ejecutivo de la revista Time. Es autor de Einstein, su vida y su universo, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life y Kissinger: A Biography, y es coautor, con Evan Thomas, de The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Vive con su esposa en Washington, D.C.
Published April 10, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 706 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A comprehensive and marvelously readable life of the eminent scientist--and more, the eminent counter-culturalist, rebel, humanist and philanderer.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Einstein: His Life and Universe


It was created because we wanted to decentralize control over it.’ And Time magazine was very arrogant back in those days, so it sent a letter back to Steve Crocker saying, ‘No, we’re not going to print your letter, because we have better sources than you about why it was done.’ And I thought, ‘W...

Jan 16 2015 | Read Full Review of Einstein: His Life and Universe

The New York Review of Books

That Einstein had an interesting personal life, with many entanglements with women and at least one extramarital child, has not been news since Roger Highfield and Paul Carter’s The Private Lives of Albert Einstein and Dennis Overbye’s Einstein in Love, published in 1994 and 2000, respectively.

Jun 14 2007 | Read Full Review of Einstein: His Life and Universe

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