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Albert Einstein, born in Ulm, Germany in 1879, is known for his work in science. Very few are aware that he was a determined anti-war activist and an amorous humanitarian. He won the Nobel Prize in the year 1921 for explaining the photoelectric effect and developed the theory of relativity. He is considered as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century. This book is about a man who dreamt of riding a beam of light every time he saw it.
Einstein: His Life And Universe is one of those few biographies that do complete justice to the scientist and his work. The author takes us through the story of a man who marveled at the theories that the rest of the world thought were mundane and embraced the world of free thinkers and free minds. Isaacson also shows us the tumultuous side of young Einstein. As a child, Einstein began speaking a little late and had a hard time controlling his temper. There came a stage in life where he decided to renounce his German citizenship as he felt disconnected from his nation. His determination to make his own path coupled with his rebellious attitude showed in his work as well. Isaacson explores Einstein closest relationships right from his friends and colleagues, to his unconventional pursuits.
The author gives a clear narration of Einstein's theories and also explains how he came up with many of them. He engages the reader by presenting both the favorable and unfavorable aspects of the scientist's personality. Isaacson shows us Einstein's contradicting personality, on one side we see Einstein as un-orderly and rebellious, while on the other we see him convincing the world that everything in his universe has an order and that he will forever try to find that order.
Einstein: His Life And Universe is for all those who know Einstein only by his theories and equations, as it fills you in on everything about the scientist.
About Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson, a writer and biographer, is the CEO and President of the Aspen Institute. Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs, American Sketches, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography and The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.
Isaacson's stint with journalism began at The Sunday Times of London. He then served as an editor and a political correspondent in TIME and soon became the company's fourteenth editor. In 2001, Isaacson was appointed as the CEO and Chairman of CNN, and two years later he became the CEO and the president of the Aspen Institute. His book, Steve Jobs, is an international bestseller and broke all records for sales of a biography.