“Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson

Einstein

A well-balanced, comprehensive account of Einstein’s personal life, scientific visions and achievements, as well as his political beliefs and activism. A good complementary reading to Einstein’s “Ideas and Opinions“.

The book presents Einstein not as a genius with a superior brain, but as someone whose awe at the beauty and intelligence of the laws of nature and whose indomitable tenacity to pursue his vision should inspire us all.

The most intriguing and thought-provoking aspects, to me, are the problem of continuity (which is related to identity) and causality, the practicality of pacifism, and the various interpretations and ramifications of quantum mechanics.

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