Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe is a non-fiction book authored by American historian and journalist Walter Isaacson

The book portrays Einstein as an insolent figure who possessed a strong sense of creativity and independence that, had the physicist succeeded in achieving academic employment as a young man, could’ve gotten quashed due to the atmosphere of the times.

This biography of Isaacson is an excellent exhibition of Einstein’s personality, aura, rebellious nature and scientific approach for things that seemed mundane to others. The book delves deep into his life and verifies the connection between creativity and freedom.

It reveals Einstein as the man behind the science. From early years of life to thoughts, experiments to his later life, the book has it all. It also reveals his role in the development of the atomic bomb and how he contributed to the civil rights groups in the United States.

The book revolves around letters written by Einstein. The biography offers glimpses into then society and people and other unknown facts about the great physics prodigy that resided in dark for so many decades. His failure to be a good husband, father, and a teacher, the book explores how an ordinary man becomes the extraordinary who decoded the mysteries of the universe with the theory of relativity.

Einstein’s scientific approach for conventional things and his faith in formulas enabled him to think about astronomical bodies and subatomic particles so deeply that the present day scientists are still trying their best to get close to where he left.

  • Author: Walter Isaacson
  • Genre: Biography
  • Originally published: 2007
Best Quotes From "Einstein: His Life and Universe"
  • “The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think, he [Einstein] said.”
  • “To dwell on the things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them. One must knock them down alone.”
  • “One of the strongest motives that leads men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness. Such men make this cosmos and its construction the pivot of their emotional life, in order to find the peace and security which they cannot find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience.”
  • “A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.”
  • “I believe that love is a better teacher than a sense of duty,” he said, “at least for me.”
About The Author:
Walter Issacson

An American journalist and writer, Walter Issacson is the CEO and President of the Aspen Institute. Before joining Aspen, he had been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of world famous TIME magazine. He is also a famous biographer, and has written biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger and Steve Jobs.

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