AUTHORIsaacson, Walter
TITLEEinstein: His Life and Universe
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

Published in 2007, this lengthy biography of Albert Einstein seeks to expand our understanding of Einstein’s personality and the ways in which his personality influenced his scientific achievements. Drawing largely from the many Einstein papers that first became available in 2006, the author emphasizes Einstein’s imagination, creativity, and non-conformity. He uses the new information to gain greater access to Einstein’s private side, which, in turn, sheds light on Einstein’s political and scientific sides. The book explores how Einstein’s work influenced science as well as its broader cultural and philosophical implications, contending that Einstein’s discoveries have fundamentally altered the way that humanity perceives of and engages with the world. A list of “characters” (people who figured prominently in Einstein’s life), a lengthy bibliography, thorough notes on each chapter, and a detailed index accompany the text.

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