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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (24,477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Isaacson Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling biography of Albert Einstein is now available on audio for only $14.99 and will coincide with the hardcover and audio release of his next work, Steve Jobs.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate—became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life. Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein
  • Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait. Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso
  • This book will be widely and deservedly admired. It is excellently readable and combines the personal and the scientific aspects of Einstein's life in a graceful way. Gerald Holton, Professor of Physics at Harvard and author of Einstein, History, and Other Passions
  • Once again Walter Isaacson has produced a most valuable biography of a great man about whom much has already been written. It helps that he has had access to important new material. He met the challenge of dealing with his subject as a human being and describing profound ideas in physics. His biography is a pleasure to read and makes the great physicist come alive. Murray Gell-Mann, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics and author of The Quark and the Jaguar
  • With unmatched narrative skill, Isaacson has managed the extraordinary feat of preserving Einstein's monumental stature while at the same time bringing him to such vivid life that we come to feel as if he could be walking in our midst. This is a terrific work. Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Isaacson's treatment of Einstein's scientific work is excellent: accurate, complete, and just the right level of detail for the general reader. Taking advantage of the wealth of recently uncovered historical material, he has produced the most readable biography of Einstein yet. A. Douglas Stone, Professor of Physics at Yale
  • This is a brilliant intellectual tapestry -- and a great read. Skillfully weaving Einstein's revolutionary scientific achievements, his prolific political initiatives, his complex personal life, and his fascinating personality, Isaacson has transformed the transformer of the twentieth century into a beacon for the twenty-first century. Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor of American Prometheus:The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography
  • I found so much to admire; there are many places where I just had to cheer what Isaacson had written. Dudley Herschbach, Professor of Science at Harvard
  • “Isaacson has done a remarkable job conveying a sense of Einstein the man and also the fine details of Einstein’s science. This is not only a compelling biography, one in which the next page always beckons, but an example of science writing at its best.” 

    Lawrence Krauss, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration; director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University; and author of A Universe from Nothing 

  • Isaacson has managed the extraordinary feat of preserving Einstein's monumental stature while at the same time bringing him to such vivid life that we come to feel as if he could be walking in our midst."
    -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals
  • This book does an amazing job getting the science right and the man revealed. Sylvester James Gates, Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland
  • “A wonderfully rounded portrait of the ever-surprising Einstein personality.” 

    New York Times

  • “Thoroughly researched and well written, Einstein does an excellent job of summarizing the concepts behind Einstein’s theories…Isaacson also does an excellent job illuminating Einstein’s personality.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Isaacson has triumped…producing a thorough exploration of his subject’s life, a skillful piece of scientific literature and a thumping good read…It’s one of the greatest stories of modern science and to his credit…Isaacson has done a first-rate job in telling it. This is, quite simply, a riveting read.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shelby Fleischer | 2/5/2014

    " How else can you understand both the character and how physics were changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark Kaplan | 1/6/2014

    " INteresting, easy to read, and educational. What more could you ask? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary Smith | 1/4/2014

    " Very good read with a nice dose of since thrown in. It explains many of Einstein early "though experiments" in some detail, but nothing you need to have a PhD in Physics to understand. Book covers his entire life. This book was read by Steve Jobs and it is the book that caused him to ask its author, Walter Isaacson, to write his own biography (after Steve Jobs realized he had cancer). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ton Boelens | 12/31/2013

    " This is the second book by Walter Isaacson I have read. I enjoyed it very much. Isaacson also managed to make the theories of Albert Einstein understandable to a non-scientist (me). Turing award winner and AI researcher Judea Pearl believes that the best way to educate students about science is through the life histories of great scientists. Reading this book I experienced this effect myself, because combining biographical (chronological!) information with info about the theoretical breakthroughs these people made in the same period, makes it much easier to digest the physics and math. "

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