Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson - Non-Fiction Pick

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk -- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate -- became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.





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  • Liz B

    Thanks everyone for coming out, great discussion!

    February 21, 2014

  • Seth

    Can't make it tonight. Sorry for the late notice.

    February 20, 2014

  • Brita L.

    I've come down with a cold and don't wish to infect everyone. Disappointed that I'll be missing this discussion since I greatly enjoyed the book.

    February 20, 2014

  • Ruth M.

    great book choice. I didn't have time to finish before Thursday but plan to finish it on my own

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was looking forward to group but can't make it cuz I have class

    January 17, 2014

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