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Einstein Lived Here Abraham Pais 0198539940 9780198539940 Abraham Paiss Subtle is the Lord... is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. Timothy Ferris, in The New York Times Book Review, called it the biography of Einstein h
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Einstein Lived Here by Abraham Pais

Abraham Paiss Subtle is the Lord... is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. Timothy Ferris, in The New York Times Book Review, called it the biography of Einstein he himself would have liked best, adding that it is a work against which future scientific biographies will be measured. As a respected physicist himself, Pais was the first biographer to give Einsteins thinking its full due, and as a close friend and associate of Einstein, he could provide an intimate, first-hand account of the life of this great scientist. The result was a national bestseller. Indeed, it was one of The New York Timess Best Books of the Year, and the winner of the 1983 American Book Award for Science. Now, Pais turns his attention to the great physicists life outside of science, with an informal, almost kalaidoscopic portrait of Einstein--his personal life and his public persona (my mythical namesake who has made my life so burdensome), his scientific contributions, and his thoughts on religion, philosophy, and politics, on Israel and Zionism, on the rise of Nazism and McCarthyism, and on much more. Pais offers a candid look at Einsteins troubled personal life--his two failed marriages, his first child Lieserl, who was born out of wedlock (and of whom all trace has vanished), his estranged son Hans Albert, also a scientist, who felt his father had abandoned the family, and his son Eduard, who gradually descended into madness. Of course, any book on Einstein must touch upon science, and Pais includes several illuminating chapters, one of which offers general readers an accessible explanation of relativity, and another traces the long road to Einsteins Nobel Prize (after being nominated almost every year from 1909 to 1920, he finally won in 1921--not for relativity, but for his work on the photoelectric effect). On the lighter side, Pais includes samples from Einsteins curiosity file, in which he kept crank letters, marriage proposals, hate mail (one began You are the prince of idiocy, the count of imbecility, the duke of cretinism, the baron of morons), and the like. But the heart of the book is the final section, where Pais traces Einsteins life as seen through the media. Here we not only meet Einstein the living legend--receiving the keys to New York City from flamboyant Mayor Jimmy Walker, attending the Hollywood premier of City Lights with Charlie Chaplin--but also witness his extensive involvement in the issues of his day. Much of his commentary is amazingly prescient. In 1933, he said of Nazism: I cannot understand the passive response of the whole civilized world to this modern barbarism. Does the world not see that Hitler is aiming for war? I can still see Einsteins smile before me, the great physicist Niels Bohr said several years after Einsteins death, a very special smile...knowing, humane, and friendly. In Einstein Lived Here, this more than anything else is the Einstein we see--knowing, humane, friendly--a world figure on a par with the greats of his age who could still ask Why is it that nobody understands me and everybody likes me.

Author: Abraham Pais

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1994-05-12

Our Price: $4.09

ISBN: 0198539940

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