As a scientist, Albert Einstein is undoubtedly the most epic among 20th-century thinkers. Albert Einstein as a man, however, has been a much harder portrait to paint, and what we know of him as a husband, father, and friend is fragmentary at best. With Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson (author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Kissinger) brings Einstein's experience of life, love, and intellectual discovery into brilliant focus. The book is the first biography to tackle Einstein's enormous volume of personal correspondence that heretofore had been sealed from the public, and it's hard to imagine another book that could do such a richly textured and complicated life as Einstein's the same thoughtful justice. Isaacson is a master of the form and this latest opus is at once arresting and wonderfully revelatory. –Anne Bartholomew
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, DC.
Rhodes Scholar, historian, and bestselling author Walter Isaacson began his distinguished career as a journalist — first for London's Sunday Times, then for The Times-Picayune/States-Item, published in his hometown of New Orleans. He joined Time magazine in 1978, working his way up from political correspondent to managing editor in a little less than two decades. He served for two years as chairman and CEO of the cable TV news network CNN; then, in 2003, he became president of the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization "dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue." In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he was appointed vice-chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, and he serves on a number of policy-making boards and councils.
In literary circles, Isaacson is best known as the writer of magisterial biographies, scholarly and meticulously researched, yet immensely entertaining. His first book, however, was a collaborative effort. Co-written with award-winning journalist Evan Thomas, and published in 1986, The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made explores the lives of six men who shaped government and public policy in the years following WWII. Examining an era too recent to be called history and too distant to qualify as current affairs, the book received mixed reviews but was universally praised for its ambitious scope and elegant style.
Isaacson's subsequent biographies, all solo efforts (and all critically acclaimed), have chronicled the lives of such disparate figures as Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein. He explains what has drawn him to such widely divergent subjects — men, who on the surface would appear to have very little in common: "I like writing about people with interesting minds. I try to explore the various aspects of intelligence: common sense, wisdom, creativity, imagination, mental processing power, emotional understanding, and moral values. Which of these traits are the most important? How do they make someone an influential or significant or good person?"
@ 84 Walter竟然写得比steve Jobs还厚，写得过于详细了，看了20-30% @ Creasy He's like Sheldon… or, Sheldon mostly comes from him @ clover Isaacson说每写一本人物传记，就如同又写一遍自己的父亲。读这本传记时，其实也有相同的体会。 @ Lucia 反叛的力量，太可怕，即使是爱因斯坦也无法驾驭 @ 艾習角™ 读了其中感兴趣的三章。特别是【einstein's God】。 @ winnieli08 curiosity and his rebellious nature @ 假亦真 Albert Einstein:an individual, a loner, a noncomformist, a revolutionary and a reactionary, a genius and a human being. @ 珊珊 “Einstein had insisted that his ashes be scattered so that his final resting place would not become the subject of morbid veneration.” @ U 实验室门口有挂一张爱因斯坦的画像，于是读了这本书，知道了天才和凡人的差别。 @ 阿伦在读书 文字细腻真实，在历史长河中寻找爱因斯坦存在的痕迹，从书信文件中验证各种推断的真伪，将爱因斯坦有血有肉的那一面展示在我们面前。在这本书中，爱因斯坦不仅仅是一个震撼世界的伟人，更是一个为了自身信仰不断追求的科学家，在国际舞台上为犹太民族不断努力的名人和一个在生活中同样面临困扰与矛盾的平凡人。
The Light-Beam Rider
The Zurich Polytechnic, 1896-1900
The Lovers, 1900-1904
The Miracle Year: Quanta and Molecules, 1905
Special Relativity, 1905
The Happiest Thought, 1906-1909
The Wandering Professor, 1909-1914
General Relativity, 1911-1915
Einstein's Universe, 1916-1919
The Wandering Zionist, 1920-1921
Nobel Laureate, 1921-1927
Unified Field Theories, 1923-1931
Turning Fifty, 1929-1931
The Refugee, 1932-1933
Quantum Entanglement, 1935
The Bomb, 1939-1945
Red Scare, 1951-1954
The End, 1955
Einstein's Brain and Einstein's Mind
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