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Einstein Summary

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Einstein Summary

MicroSummary: Albert Einstein is rightfully considered one of the most influential people in history. Walter Isaacson’s biography delves deep inside his life and universe, trying to unravel the origins of his genius and his unconventionality, and painting a portrait of one extraordinary person with a life-long sense of childlike wonder.

His Life and Universe

Albert Einstein is not merely an icon of the past century – he’s one of the greatest scientists ever. And this insightful Walter Isaacson biography is so good we’ve included it among the best 15 in history.

About Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is a University Professor of History and a major biographer. In addition to “Einstein,” he has also written few other biographies – “Benjamin Franklin,” “Kissinger,” “Leonardo da Vinci” – including the highly revered one of Steve Jobs.

The Innovators” and “The Wise Men” are, more or less, group biographies of few other extraordinary people.

“Einstein Summary”

Albert Einstein was born on 14 March 1879 in a secular Jewish family. When he was four and sick in bed, his father gave him a compass; and that was the first time he experienced something he’d crave for up to the time of his death.

Scientific wonder.

However, it seems that the thing which made Einstein so special was the fact that, in addition to science, he was always interested in art and philosophy. His mother signed him up for violin lessons, and a family friend, Max Talmud (or: Max Talmey), introduced him to the works of Bernstein and Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason.”

Talmud says that Einstein understood them perfectly. Even though he was barely 13 years old.

Four years later he enrolled at the Zürich Polytechnic, and there he met his future wife, the Serbian mathematician Mileva Marić. And it seems that Einstein was many things to many people, but he was not a good husband to Mileva, and barely a good father to their two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard.

After divorcing Mileva, Einstein had a second wife: his first cousin, Elsa. He didn’t treat her too nice as well. In fact, he had many extramarital affairs. And he considered her basically his housewife.

Einstein, obviously, spent most of his time working.

And, in 1905, it paid dividends. In the form of four papers published in the “Annalen der Physik” journal. So good that they are now called the Annus mirabilis papers (“The Papers of the Extraordinary Year”).

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