Isaacson's impressively readable
biography of Einstein, the first to be published in
English since all Einstein's papers have been
available, lays some long held myths to rest.
Alas, contrary to popular believe (and rather sadly for
those of us who hang on to the believe that our
child who struggles with math in school might grow
up to be the next Einstein), young Albert, although
not popular with his teachers who he compared to
drill sergeants, was top of his class in primary
school and sufficiently competent at math to have
mastered calculus at the age of 15.
Also, the myth that the lowly patent clerk created
his world shattering theories in a vacuum is found
to be somewhat wanting. From an early age Einstein
received inspiration and...
Beyond the Book
on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans,
Louisiana. After graduating from
New Orleans's Isidore Newman
School he spent a brief time at
Deep Springs College before
attending Harvard, graduating
with a BA in history and
literature. From there he went
to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar,
gaining an MA in Philosophy,
Politics and Economics.
He began his journalism career
at The Sunday Times (UK) and
then at the New Orleans
Times-Picayune. He joined TIME
Magazine in 1978 and served as a