Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

Paperback | September 20, 2005

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Subtle is the Lord is widely recognized as the definitive scientific biography of Albert Einstein. The late Abraham Pais was a distinguished physicist turned historian who knew Einstein both professionally and personally in the last years of his life. His biography combines a profoundunderstanding of Einstein's work with personal recollections from their years of acquaintance, illuminating the man through the development of his scientific thought. Pais examines the formulation of Einstein's theories of relativity, his work on Brownian motion, and his response to quantum theory with authority and precision. The profound transformation Einstein's ideas effected on the physics of the turn of the century is here laid out for the serious reader.Pais also fills many gaps in what we know of Einstein's life - his interest in philosophy, his concern with Jewish destiny, and his opinions of great figures from Newton to Freud. This remarkable volume, written by a physicist who mingled in Einstein's scientific circle, forms a timeless and classicbiography of the towering figure of twentieth-century science.

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Subtle is the Lord is widely recognized as the definitive scientific biography of Albert Einstein. The late Abraham Pais was a distinguished physicist turned historian who knew Einstein both professionally and personally in the last years of his life. His biography combines a profoundunderstanding of Einstein's work with personal reco...

Abraham Pais (1918-2000) was an award-winning physicist and biographer. Gaining his PhD from Utrecht, he went on to work closely with Niels Bohr in Copenhagen before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and leading the Theoretical Physics Group at Rockefeller University. His work brought him into close professional,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.19 inPublished:September 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806726

ISBN - 13:9780192806727

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Table of Contents

IntroductoryStatistical PhysicsRelativity, the Special TheoryRelativity, the General TheoryThe Later JourneyThe Quantum TheoryJourney's EndAppendices

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`'the best biography of Einstein''Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal