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Book Review: Einstein by Walter Issacson

Posted by jaystile on November 19, 2008

I just finished reading “Einstein” by Walter Issacson. This is the second biography by Issacon that I’ve read and I find that he does extremely well in his research and providing commentary on issues that are in dispute. Like, did Einstein’s wife help him with his theory of special relativity?

Einstein was a very interesting man. Contrary to legend he excelled at mathematics and did not have trouble in school as a child. What he did have trouble with was authority. Anyone who told Einstein how to think or act instantly had someone questioning their authority.

There is one reoccurring theme that I’ve found with the great men in society is that they do have a great woman backing them up. They cannot do their work without a woman supporting them. Some marginalize their wives like Ben Franklin & Einstein, and others make theirs full partners like John Adams. But their wives are loyal and allow them to do their work.

This book made for very entertaining reading and you get insight into interactions that Einstein had with my other scientists whose name you’d recognize like Max Planck, Niehls Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrodinger, Heisenberg, etc. The point that is driven home repeatedly is that Einstein was independent minded and not subject to authority. Additionally, he was a humanist and cared about the world from a grand level but had trouble with his intimate relationships if they required too much work.

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