Provides a comprehensive and accurate biography of one of the most revolutionary scientists of all time.
Albert Einstein remains one of most famous scientists in world history. His image is instantly recognizable by even the most scientifically uninformed person—for many people, Einstein personifies genius. But who was Einstein really? What was he like as a person? What did his science actually mean? This fresh biography of Albert Einstein provides students and general readers a concise, accessible introduction to the life and science of this revolutionary man. Underneath his genius, Einstein was an ordinary person, with human frailties and weaknesses, but also with charm, modesty, a wry sense of humor, and idiosyncrasies. Readers will understand why he was named the Person of the Century by Time magazine.
Albert Einstein: A Biography will cover the entire history of this brilliant physicist's life and career, including: his early education, during which he was an excellent student, contrary to what is commonly believed; Einstein's struggles to find an academic position, which led him to work as a clerk at the Swiss patent office during the same period he was formulating his most famous and revolutionary theories; his troubled marriages and family life; Einstein's rise to international fame, and his use of that fame to fight for world peace; and Einstein's major contributions to physics, explained in ways that can be understood by anyone who wishes a fuller understanding of his scientific theories. The book includes a bibliography of secondary works that are useful for further reading, and a timeline of important dates in the life of Einstein.
Prologue: Why Einstein? "It Is a Known Fact That I Was Born..." Training the Mind To Love and to Work The Physics of the "Year of Miracles," 1905 Academic Life in Switzerland The Early Berlin Years: War and Pacifism The Road to General Relativity The Later Berlin Years: Postwar Turmoil and the Rise of Hitler On the Road Again Coming to America Final Years of an "Enfant Terrible" Einstein's Legacy Appendix: The Story of Einstein's Famous Brain Chronology Bibliography Index
Reviews "Calaprice and Lipscombe, a biographer and a physicist, provide students and general readers with a concise, accessible introduction to the life and science of Albert Einstein, emphasizing that underneath his genius, Einstein was a person with human frailties, charm, and a sense of humor. They detail his personal life as well as his education, his struggles to find an academic position, his contributions to physics, and his role as a champion of world peace."—SciTech Book News