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Einstein

His Life and Universe

by Walter Isaacson

Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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    Apr 2007, 704 pages
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    May 2008, 704 pages

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Isaacson's biography shows how Einstein's scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality

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 support ...

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