Synopsis

“A thought-provoking critique of Einstein’s tantalizing combination of brilliance and blunder.”—Andrew Robinson, *New Scientist*

Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his groundbreaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious errors in mathematics to bad misconceptions in physics and failures to grasp the subtleties of his own creations. This forensic biography dissects Einstein’s scientific mistakes and places them in the context of his turbulent life and times. In lively, accessible prose, Hans C. Ohanian paints a fresh, insightful portrait of the real Einstein at work, in contrast to the uncritical celebrity worship found in many biographies.

Of the approximately 180 original scientific papers that Einstein published in his lifetime, about 40 are infested with mistakes. For instance, Einstein’s first mathematical proof of the famous formula

As this book persuasively argues, the defining hallmark of Einstein’s genius was not any special mathematical ability but an uncanny talent to use his mistakes as stepping stones to formulate his revolutionary theories.

About Hans C. Ohanian

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A close examination of Einstein's work, emphasizing the errors and wrong turns that even colleagues overlooked.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Einstein's Mistakes: The Huma...A sophisticated overview of modern physics, including more of Einstein's missteps than readers usually encounter.

Sep 08 2008 | Read Full Review of Einstein's Mistakes: The Huma...McMahon Los Angeles Times 3.5 of 5 Stars "Ohanian … sometimes seems to be overreaching in his attempt to humble the great man, but the book’s quixotic approach—retelling Einstein’s story by homing in on his blunders—makes for good intellectual entertainment.

Sep 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Einstein's Mistakes: The Huma...IN Einstein's Mistakes, a deliberately provocative semi-biographical study of Einstein's scientific errors, there are, indeed, plenty of mistakes - and not all of them are Einstein's.

Sep 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Einstein's Mistakes: The Huma...An aggregated and normalized score based on 24 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes