Einstein His Life and Universe Author:Walter Isaacson 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, imp... more »ertinent 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.« less
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This book is really long, and deep. Be prepared! The book gives an excellent history of Einstein all the way from his childhood up until his death. You will read all the classic stories - how he wasn't the greatest student, mostly because he was bored in school. He wanted to study what was of interest to him, not what was in the curriculum.
The accounts of his interpersonal relationships are interesting. He wasn't the unfeeling analytical type that people assume he would be. He had his own struggles with love and family, just as all of us do.
This book is very scientific and reads like a text book in some parts. Be prepared to spend some quiet time reading it in small doses. You will get to know all of the interesting facets of Einstein's personality and realize that is was human, too.