Einstein by Walter Isaacson


Einstein was a rebel and nonconformist from boyhood days, and these character traits drove both his life and his science. In this narrative, Walter Isaacson explains how his mind worked and the mysteries of the universe that he discovered.

Details Einstein

Release DateApr 10th, 2007
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Science, History, Physics

Reviews Einstein

  • Laurel
    I decided to read this book primarily because of my fiance's interest in Einstein's life and theories. I thought it might help me to actually have a somewhat intelligent reply on the rare occasion he starts talking physics (don't tell him I said so, but he is much smarter than I am). :)I felt a bit daunted by the length of it at first (700 pages, or 22 hours on 18 CDs), but the book is engrossing from the start. The periodic and quite detailed de...
  • Luís C.
    Einstein and Nuclear EnergyAlbert Einstein's Theory of RelativityAlbert Einstein regarded as the scientific history of the twentieth century. Einstein proposed the famous equation E = mc2. This equation proved to be revolutionary for future studies in nuclear physics, but in those days the means to prove experimentally were not available. Thus, the energy E m represents the mass, both interconnected by the speed of light c. This equation related ...
  • Diane
    One of my favorite picture books that I saved from childhood is called Albert Einstein by Ibi Lepscky. It's the story of Albert as a child, showing him as quiet and absentminded, and preferring to play the violin rather than roughhouse with other boys in the neighborhood. It also tells the story of when Albert had a fever and had to stay in bed, his father gave him a compass. Albert became fascinated by the needle and asked so many thoughtful que...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Einstein : his life and universe, Walter IsaacsonHow did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. ...تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نهم ماه ژوئن سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: زندگی و جهان اینشتین؛ نویسنده: والتر ایساکسن؛ برگردان: علی بهفروز؛ مشخص...
  • brian
    here's a letter a young einstein wrote to his pal. the 1st paragraph: more waugh than egghead, eh? and that 2nd paragraph? those 'papers'? "a modification of the theory of space and time"?holy shit.Dear Habicht,Such a solemn air of silence has descended between us that I almost feel as if I am committing a sacrilege when I break it now with some inconsequential babble. So, what are you up to, you frozen whale, you smoked, dried, canned piece of s...
  • Bonnie
    My brother-in-law recommended this biography in 2007. It is one of the most incredible books I’ve read in a long time. There are eleven pages of sources alone! This book is meticulously researched, beautifully written, fascinating, inspiring, and wonderful on every level. It’s 551 pages long, and I so did not want this book to end!Isaacson immerses us in a detailed, in depth probing of Einstein’s life – personal, intellectual, scientific,...
  • نورة عبدالملك
    لدي عادة سيئة مع قراءة السير :( أنني سرعان ما أألفها وأعيش معها حتى تكون جزءا من يومي وصديقا لا أستطيع الفكاك منه :(حتى إذا وصلت لمرحلة النهاية أصابني الحزن على فقد صاحب السيرة وكأنني فقدت حبيبا أو قريبا، ولعل أكثر بيت ينطبق علي في سرعة الألفة والتمس...
  • أبو يوسف
    من أجمل وأروع السير الذاتية التي قرأتها , تعلمت واستفدت منها الكثير.على الرغم من حجم الكتاب الكبير واسترساله في المسائل الفيزيائية إلا أن الكاتب نجح في شد انتباهي حتى النهاية.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------العبقرية.. وق...
  • Brendon Schrodinger
    So I 've had a love/hate with Einstein for a few years now. I recognised the great work that he did regarding General and Special Relativity, the Photoelectric Effect and Brownian Motion - brilliant stuff. But why does Einstein get wheeled out for every portrayal of a great scientist? Why does everyone feel the need to quote the guy regarding religion, education, happiness, sociology....everything? This really annoyed me - and I guess it still do...
  • Alyazi
    أينشتاين أينشتاين .. لقد أضحكتني ، أمتعتني ، أغضبتني ، أبكيتني .. وأشعلتَ في داخلي عوالماً فيزيائية كونية .. ورغبات جديدة كُلياً على رُوح . كنت سعيدة بي لأنني أقرأك ، وغاضبة مني لأنني أبدو أحياناً متعاطفة معكَ كُلياً وكم يبدو هذا سيئاً ! فأنتَ لم تكن ع...
  • Chrissie
    The book wasn’t amazing, but the man certainly was. Don’t get me wrong; I really liked the book, and it is one I would recommend to all those readers who want to meet an intelligent, wonderful, honest, humble person. I am not calling him great for what he did for science, but for the kind of person he was. He will appeal to those of you who like non-conformists, people with imagination and curiosity. He is one of those few adults who manage t...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    On the suggestion of my friend Al, I acquired and recently finished the recent Einstein biography by Walter Isaacson. He also wrote one on Franklin which I will read soon as well. As for the Einstein biography, it is about 550 pages long follow by 90 pages of footnotes and references and 50 pages of index. It covers his life and attempts to explain some of his theories. I found that the first half about his childhood and momentous discoveries in ...
  • Jamie
    A while back I had tried to read Walter Isaacson's biography on Benjamin Franklin, but just couldn't get through it because the author mired everything down in pointless details. Despite that, I decided to give his more recent book about famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein a try. If it turned out to be boring, I'd just drop it. Turned out, I loved it.What I loved about Isaacon's book here is the way it delicately balances three aspects: t...
  • Jason Koivu
    Einstein: His Life and Universe is but a mere pinch of Einstein's theories mixed in with a modest helping of his life. The brevity was too my taste as I was only in the mood for a tiny taste of Einstein bio. Too much of the genuis' theory is liable to give me brain-freeze, so this was perfect. And done just the way I like it, tight and to the point.
  • Robert
    This is an incredibly well researched, detailed account of all aspects of Einstein's life, personal, scientific and political that I can highly recommend to anybody interested. I learned heaps I didn't know and had the record set straight on a number of points, mainly regarding Einstein's political views, how they changed over time and his level of support for setting up the Manhattan Project.I read the book with a specific research agenda, which...
  • Lee
    You'll know Albert like your own grandfather after reading this. This book covers the complete life of Albert Einstein, from his childhood (he never did fail a math test) and early attraction to science and math to his love life, his children, his education, his employment, his many great theories and discoveries, his relationship with all of his famous peers, his rise to public fame, his sincere beliefs in freedom from oppression, 2 world wars, ...
  • Alex Telander
    EINSTEIN: HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE BY WALTER ISAACSON: Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, takes biography writing to a whole new level with Einstein: His Life and Universe. This isn’t just the story of Albert Einstein from birth until death; Isaacson escorts the reader on a unique journey through the mind of Einstein, as well as through the eyes of his friends and family; along the way one becomes so close and understa...
  • Andrej Karpathy
    This was my second read of an Einstein biography, this time by Isaacson. Coming from Isaacson, the book is well-written and seemed very thoroughly researched. Overall a great read, but if I had to complain my biggest issue is that the emphasis was not allocated very well. For instance, a huge portion of the book is devoted to Einstein’s personal life, reading through his correspondence with his love interests. It’s interesting for a while, bu...
  • Amy
    Einstein was a great read - I gained a new appreciation for Einstein as a person and his scientific world. In the beginning of the book, I didn't know quite what to think of Einstein. I couldn't tell if he possessed great confidence or if he crossed over to being arrogant, and I wasn't impressed with how he handled his personal relationships. However, as the book went on, I gained an appreciation for his thirst for knowledge, his independent thin...
  • TS Chan
    While this did take me quite a while to finish, I do like it a lot. I just dragged through this over a period as at some point it started to feel a bit dry, but that was more from my state of mind as this was not an easy book to digest. A bit of history about me and Einstein, not that I know him personally of course! Back in high school, I loved books so much that I was a school librarian. I also had a very early interest in science which was ins...
  • Sharon
    People ask the question all the time, "If you could have dinner with someone, living or dead, who would it be?" My new answer (probably not who you're thinking):WALTER ISAACSON.Not only would Isaacson bring one of greatest thinkers (the good sir Albert Einstein) to the table, he'd also be able to conjure visionaries like Da Vinci (next queued audiobook), Benjamin Franklin, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. He'd regale funny anecdotes and character quirk...
  • Emiliya Bozhilova
    ”Аз нямам особен талант, просто съм страшно любопитен”, заявява Айнщайн в края на живота си.Любопитен дали законите на физиката остават едни и същи независимо от състоянието на движение; има ли обективна реалност, независима от наблюдателя; игр...
  • Mohamed IBrahim
    حسناً أنوي الكتابة عن الكتاب نفسه ، لا أقصد المحتوي بالطبع ، رغم أناقة الحديث عن هذا العبقري المغرور الذي غير وجه فهمنا للعالم وكان للأسف من أعظم علماء الفيزياء . حسناً بالطبع بول ديراك {{برقبته}}ولكن علي كل فهو قدير بأن يكتب عنه الكثير فهي صدفة سعيد...
  • محمد وفيق زين العابدين
    كتاب جيد عن حياة [ألبرت أينشتاين] وأعماله، وأهميته من جهة كونه من أكثر الكُتب توثيقًا لحياة أينشتاين، فالكُتب التي أُلفت حول المُترجم له والمعلومات التي نُقلت عنه كثيرة جدًا لكنها مليئة بالمُغالطات لاسيما من اليهود الذين يُفاخرون بيهودية أينشتاي...
  • Patrick Zandl
    Uf. Pro mě jednoznačně kniha poslední doby, což tak nemusí mít každý, ale já jsem na Einsteina prostě zatížený. Kniha je o životě a práci Alberta Einsteina, což asi u životopisu nepřekvapí, ale pár věcí zmíním. Za prvé mě překvapilo, odkud vlastně pochází Einsteinovy příklady s vlaky a nikdy by mě nenapadlo, jak velký vliv může mít práce kousek od hypermoderní technologie, jakou tehdy byly vlaky, na práci...
  • Nyamka Ganni
    Ойрд зав муутай ном сайн уншиж чадахгүй байсаар Гүүдрийдсийн бүлгээрээ уншихаар сонгосон ном болох Einstein: His life and Universe нэртэй Эйнштейний намтрыг уншихаар өмнөө бариад сууж байна. Алдарт эрдэмтний туулж өнгөрүүлсэн амьдралынх нь тухай илүү ихийг ...
  • Iman A. Saeed
    منذ الصغر و آينشتاين يجذب انتباهي بصفته صاحب أكثر النظريات الفيزيائية غموضا -و شهرة في الوقت نفسه- على مر التاريخ،،أردت أن أجمع بين التعرف أكثر عن النسبية و عن حياة آينشتاين و أراءه الدينية و السياسية و الحقيقة أنني وجدته إنسانا في المقام الأول له ...
  • Zorka Zamfirova
    Obožavam ovog čoveka. Zabeležio sam sebi pokoju mudrost od njega. Vredi čitati, što zbog Alberta, što zbog knjige.
  • Jacqui
    Everyone knows Albert Einstein--smart man, came up with E+MC2, helped create the atomic bomb--but I didn't know much beyond the hype. That's why I picked up Walter Isaacson's award winning book Einstein: His Life and Universe (Simon and Schuster 2007). I like to read about smart people. What's different about how they think than other people? Can they relate to ordinary people? Where do they get the amazing ideas they come up with?As often as not...
  • Tony
    EINSTEIN: His Life and Universe. (2007). Walter Isaacson. *****. This was one of the most engaging biographies that I have read in years. I think that second place also goes to Isaacson and his biography of Ben Franklin. Einstein was born in Ulm (remember that – it’s often a crossword puzzle clue) in 1879. His youth and early education is covered adequately, along with those of his siblings. He was born into a non-practising Jewish family. In...