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The Resource Einstein : a life in science, Michael White and John Gribbin

Einstein : a life in science, Michael White and John Gribbin

Label
Einstein : a life in science
Title
Einstein
Title remainder
a life in science
Statement of responsibility
Michael White and John Gribbin
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
To the modern world, Albert Einstein is the archetypal scientist. His name is synonymous with genius, his image is instantly recognized, and his life's work is universally acknowledged as the bedrock of contemporary physics. In this absorbing book by the authors of Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, Einstein's life and work are recounted in an unprecedentedly accessible way. Although his most important work dates from 1905, the figure of Einstein still towers over the twentieth century. The one equation everyone knows is E=mc[superscript 2], but most of us could not explain what it means. The man to explain it is John Gribbin, a masterful science writer, who elucidates the special and general theories of relativity, as well as electromagnetism, space-time, and other mysteries. Along with lucid descriptions of Einstein's milestone contributions, Gribbin recounts his debates with fellow scientists and the failures that shadowed his later scientific life. Einstein was also a political activist, violin player, and family man. The twists and turnings of his life, so closely linked to the turbulent history of the era, are nimbly charted by Michael White. The questions White tackles are personal ones: What became of Einstein's illegitimate child? Did his first wife, Mileva, contribute to the early, groundbreaking work? We learn of Einstein's possible schizophrenia early in life, his two marriages, his friendships with such figures as Franz Kafka and Bertrand Russell, and the search for security and sanctuary that led him from one country to another in Europe, and then from Nazi Germany to his tenure as a "scientific saint" in America. White portrays Einstein as a man brimming with paradoxes - a pacifist who advocated the creation of an atomic weapons program, a man who hated regimentation but who was beguiled by the strict beauty of mathematics, an atheist and a dedicated Zionist, a figure revered by the world yet kept under surveillance by the FBI. Einstein is an example of biography at its best - a truly exceptional portrait of a man who was not only an intellectual giant but who also possessed an instinctive morality that demanded he try his utmost to make the world a better place
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
White, Michael
Dewey number
  • 530/.092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
QC16.E5
LC item number
W47 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gribbin, John
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Einstein, Albert
  • Physicists
Label
Einstein : a life in science, Michael White and John Gribbin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
. Fascination with science -- Physics before Einstein -- College dro-out -- Early works -- Albert einstein: patent officer -- Annus mirabilis -- Peripatetic professor -- Masterwork -- Fame but no fortune -- Qunatum pioneer -- Exiled from europe -- Quantum opponent -- Final years -- Physics after einstein
Control code
ocm29429850
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780525937500
Lccn
93042626
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)29429850
Label
Einstein : a life in science, Michael White and John Gribbin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
. Fascination with science -- Physics before Einstein -- College dro-out -- Early works -- Albert einstein: patent officer -- Annus mirabilis -- Peripatetic professor -- Masterwork -- Fame but no fortune -- Qunatum pioneer -- Exiled from europe -- Quantum opponent -- Final years -- Physics after einstein
Control code
ocm29429850
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780525937500
Lccn
93042626
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)29429850

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