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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

The definitive biography of Albert Einstein from the bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs.



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The Bottom Line

An ambitious biography of the man and the mind behind the theory of relativity that delves into the personal as well as the scientific — and uncovers new material that sheds light on one of history’s great geniuses.

I. A Curious Child

Albert Einstein, born in 1879, developed a sense of wonderment about the universe early, starting when he 4 years old and sick in bed and his father gifted him a compass. Shortly after, he learned to play the violin, a skill he pursued throughout his life. At age 10, a young medical student named Max Talmey served as a mentor, introducing him to books on philosophy and science. Although Einstein excelled academically — he performed at the top of the class at his Catholic school in Munich — his classmates teased him for being Jewish. This prompted him to question both authority and the anti-Semitic environment that had emerged in Germany. To compensate, he became an impish prankster.

II. Thought Experiments

III. Photoelectric Effect

IV. Fame at Last

V. Victims of War

VI. Final Days

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