Einstein:: The Life and Times

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Harper Collins, 1984 - 878 páginas
THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY Albert Einstein was far more than the physicist who confidently claimed that space and time were not what they seemed to be. Middle age saw the man who described himself as "pas très Juif" blossoming out as a standard-bearer for Zionism. He passionately indulged in pacifism, and as passionately rejected it when Hitler began to show, unbelievably to most reasonable men, that he really meant what he said about the Jews and the master race. Throughout it all, Einstein stuck to the job at hand, as determined to squeeze the next fact out of Nature as a businessman intent on turning millions into billions. Ronald W. Clark has drawn an extraordinarily moving portrait of a man who was one of the great tragic figures of our time. It is the picture of a man who while still young abandoned much of life with the passion of the convinced monastic, and who was thrust back into it by the unobliging pressures of history. And in science the greatest physicist of three centuries, or possibly of them all, found himself after middle age pushed by the advance of quantum mechanics into a backwater, "a genuine old museum-piece," as he himself wrote. The life of Albert Einstein has been brought into brilliant focus by Ronald W. Clark's deeply significant and compassionate biography. Mr. Clark has drawn on a immense amount of new material. But he has never lost sight of the man who was one of the greatest contradictions of out times: the German who hated the Germans; the pacifist who changed his mind; the ambivalent Zionist who was asked to head the Israeli state; the physicist who believed in God.
 

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Einstein was a remarkable man. I was aware of this and knew his reputation as a brilliant scientist who postulated the theory of reletivity. But there was more to the man than this. There are three ... Ler resenha completa

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Foreword Acknowledgments
13
PART ONE THE MAKING OF A MISSION
17
German Boy
19
Stateless Person
44
Swiss Civil Servant
72
PART TWO THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
99
Einsteins Relativity
101
Fruits of Success
138
Moves Up the Ladder
168
A Jew in Berlin
210
The Sensorium of God
251
The Fabric of the Universe
272
PART THREE THE HfNGE OF FATE Chapter 10 The New Messiah
295
AmbassadoratLarge
330
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Born in London, Ronald W. Clark (1918–1987) spent three years researching and writing Einstein: The Life and Times. Among his other works are The Huxleys; JBS (the biography of biologist J. B. S. Haldane); The Life of Bertrand Russell; Freud: The Man and the Cause; and The Greatest Power on Earth: The International Race for Supremacy.

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