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ISBN: 0340649453 / ISBN-13: 9780340649459

Einstein: The Life and Times

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First published in 1972, Ronald W. Clark's definitive biography of Einstein, the Promethean figure of our age, goes behind the phenomenal intellect ... Show synopsis

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Ron Townsend

The Duality of Einstein

by Ron Townsend on Mar 31, 2007

I read this book in 1978 while finishing a graduate degree in chemistry. It is a well written book and very readable. The duality of Einstein's nature was the irony of his life: born in Germany, rejected his citizenship twice; a pacifist who argued for the atomic bomb; a non practicing Jew who became a Zionist; contributed to quantum theory but rejected quantum mechanics. Having read this book multiple times it is interesting what might have happened if Einstein had not come to the US. Would we have lost him in the camps? Einstein also had a sense of humor and when Walter Matthau portrayed him in the Movie IQ it was outstanding. Clark does a masterful job of also cultivating the relationships between Einstein and his fellow scientists. They did not always agree.

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