Einstein: The Life of a Genius

Author(s): Walter Isaacson


Albert Einstein is synonymous with genius. From his remarkable theory of relativity and the famous equation E=mc2 to his concept of a unified field theory, no one has contributed as much to science in the last 150 years. As well as showing how Einstein developed his theories, Einstein reveals the man behind the science, from his early years and experiments in Germany and his struggle to find work at the Swiss patent office to his marriages and children, his role in the development of the atomic bomb and his work for civil rights groups in the United States. Drawing on new research and personal documents belonging to Einstein, this book also includes reproductions of documents that reveal more than this scientist's groundbreaking theories.


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Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit organization designed to promote enlightened leadership and dialogue in contemporary issues. He was the Chairman and CEO of the international news organization CNN and managing editor of Time. Isaacson wrote the critically acclaimed Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), for which he had access to previously unavailable papers belonging to Einstein. He has also written Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (2011). His work has been published in the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Japan and China. In 2007, Isaacson became a columnist for Time.

Introduction; Where Science Stood; Childhood 1879-1889; School 1889-1893; Aarau 1896-1896; The Zurich Polytechnic 1896-1899; Mileva Maric 1897-1900; Lieserl 1901; Patent Clark 1902-1904; The Miracle Year: Quantum Theory 1905; The Miracle Year: Special Relativity; The Rising Professor 1905-1910; Elsa Einstein 1912-1914; General Relavitiy 1907-1915; The Home Front 1914-1915; Divorce and Remarriage 1916-1918; The Eclipse 1919; Einstein in America 1921; The Nobel Prize 1919-1922; Quantum Mechanics 1920; Einstein and Religion; The Rise of Hitler 1920-1933; To America 1933-1936; The Bomb 1939; Arms Control 1945-1948; Civil Rights 1940 onward; The Endless Quest 1933 onward; Israel 1948 onward; Red Scare 1950s; Farewell 1954-1955.

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  • : 9780233004341
  • : Carlton Books Ltd
  • : Andre Deutsch Ltd
  • : 1.216
  • : August 2014
  • : January 2015
  • : books

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  • : Walter Isaacson
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