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Einstein: His Life and Universe

by Walter Isaacson

Simon & Schuster | May 13, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 704 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.9 in

Published: May 13, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743264746

ISBN - 13: 9780743264747

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

by Walter Isaacson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 704 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.9 in

Published: May 13, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743264746

ISBN - 13: 9780743264747

About the Book

From the bestselling author of "Benjamin Franklin" comes the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available--a fully realized portrait of this extraordinary human being and great genius.

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Ôªø CHAPTER ONE THE LIGHT-BEAM RIDER "I promise you four papers," the young patent examiner wrote his friend. The letter would turn out to bear some of the most significant tidings in the history of science, but its momentous nature was masked by an impish tone that was typical of its author. He had, after all, just addressed his friend as "you frozen whale" and apologized for writing a letter that was "inconsequential babble." Only when he got around to describing the papers, which he had produced during his spare time, did he give some indication that he sensed their significance. "The first deals with radiation and the energy properties of light and is very revolutionary," he explained. Yes, it was indeed revolutionary. It argued that light could be regarded not just as a wave but also as a stream of tiny particles called quanta. The implications that would eventually arise from this theory -- a cosmos without strict causality or certainty -- would spook him for the rest of his life. "The second paper is a determination of the true sizes of atoms." Even though the very existence of atoms was still in dispute, this was the most straightforward of the papers, which is why he chose it as the safest bet for his latest attempt at a doctoral thesis. He was in the process of revolutionizing physics, but he had been repeatedly thwarted in his efforts to win an academic job or even get a doctoral degree, which he hoped might get him promoted from a third- to a second
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Main Characters

CHAPTER ONE

The Light-Beam Rider

CHAPTER TWO

Childhood, 1879-1896

CHAPTER THREE

The Zurich Polytechnic, 1896-1900

CHAPTER FOUR

The Lovers, 1900-1904

CHAPTER FIVE

The Miracle Year: Quanta and Molecules, 1905

CHAPTER SIX

Special Relativity, 1905

CHAPTER SEVEN

The Happiest Thought, 1906-1909

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Wandering Professor, 1909-1914

CHAPTER NINE

General Relativity, 1911-1915

CHAPTER TEN

Divorce, 1916-1919

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Einstein''s Universe, 1916-1919

CHAPTER TWELVE

Fame, 1919

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

The Wandering Zionist, 1920-1921

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Nobel Laureate, 1921-1927

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Unified Field Theories, 1923-1931

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Turning Fifty, 1929-1931

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Einstein''s God

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

The Refugee, 1932-1933

CHAPTER NINETEEN

America, 1933-1939

CHAPTER TWENTY

Quantum Entanglement, 1935

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

The Bomb, 1939-1945

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

One-Worlder, 1945-1948

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

Landmark, 1948-1953

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Red Scare, 1951-1954

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

The End, 1955

EPILOGUE

Einstein''s Brain and Einstein''s Mind

Sources

Notes

Index

From the Publisher

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 the Author

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from New Orleans' Isidore Newman School and a summer at Deep Springs College as a participant in the Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP), Isaacson attended Harvard College and earned a B. A. in history and literature. While at Harvard, Isaacson was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He then attended the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College and read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Walter Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's fourteenth editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is the author of American Sketches , Einstein: His Life and Universe , Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography , and he is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. On October 24, 2011, Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs was published by Simon & Schuster. Because of Jobs' death just weeks earlier (on October 5, 2011), Steve Jobs became an instant international best-seller, breaking all records for sales of a biography. The book was based on over forty interviews with Jobs over tw
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"Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein''s personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait." -- Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso
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