Who Got Einstein's Office?: Eccentricity And Genius At The Institute For Advanced Study

Paperback | January 22, 1988

byEd Regis, Edward Regis

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It was home to Einstein in decline, the place where Kurt Göedel starved himself in paranoid delusion, and where J. Robert Oppenheimer rode out his political persecution in the Director’s mansion. It is the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; at one time or another, home to fourteen Nobel laureates, most of the great physicists and mathematicians of the modern era, and two of the most exciting developments in twentieth-century science—cellular automata and superstrings.Who Got Einstein’s Office? tells for the first time the story of this secretive institution and of its fascinating personalities.

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This is the fascinating history of the Institute for Advanced Study, which was home to fourteen Nobel laureates and most of the century's greatest mathematicians and physicists, including Einstein, Kurt Godel, and J. Robert Oppenheimer

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It was home to Einstein in decline, the place where Kurt Göedel starved himself in paranoid delusion, and where J. Robert Oppenheimer rode out his political persecution in the Director’s mansion. It is the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; at one time or another, home to fourteen Nobel laureates, most of the great ...

Ed Regis, a frequent contributor to Omni magazine, is College Scholar at Western Maryland College. He is at work on a new book about extremely advanced science and technology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:January 22, 1988Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201122782

ISBN - 13:9780201122787

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is not a biography of Albert Einstein This is not a biography of Albert Einstein. Although he was the first of a long line of brilliant men who sojourned at the Institute or made it their permanent home. It's a well written and very interesting history of the Institute for Advanced Study. Ed Regis is not satisfied in just relating the history of the secretive IAS and the great minds who worked there. He goes into some detail about their work, making it very understandable to non-scientists. I especially enjoyed the chapter on John Von Neumann. Much happened in physics and mathematics in the 20th century and this book is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about the giants behind the discoveries. I will be looking for their ghosts on my next trip to Princeton.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ! - Buy it I thought this book was excellent. Each chapter profiles a different person who left their mark on the Institute for Advanced Study. Among the people covered are Einstein, Godel, von Neumann, Wolfram, and Dyson. It is a thoroughly entertaining book, no matter what your reading style. With each subject, the book flows smoothly from biography to the physics or mathematics that person pioneered. The presentation is excellent. Even the most arcane subjects are presented as to appeal to a novice. For people who are already familiar with the details, these sections are a light and entertaining read. I can not reccomend this book enough. It has a permanent place on my shelf, where it would sit except everyone tends to borrow it.
Date published: 2000-05-18

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This is the fascinating history of the Institute for Advanced Study, which was home to fourteen Nobel laureates and most of the century's greatest mathematicians and physicists, including Einstein, Kurt Godel, and J. Robert Oppenheimer