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Author: Andrew Robinson Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2019 ISBN: 9781094059457
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The first account of the role Britain played in Einstein’s life—first by inspiring his teenage passion for physics, then by providing refuge from the Nazis

In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go ‘“on the run”?

In this lively account, Andrew Robinson tells the story of the world’s greatest scientist and Britain for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect refuge for Einstein from rumored assassination by Nazi agents. Young Einstein’s passion for British physics, epitomized by Newton, had sparked his scientific development around 1900. British astronomers had confirmed his general theory of relativity, making him internationally famous in 1919. Welcomed by the British people, who helped him campaign against Nazi antisemitism, he even intended to become a British citizen. So why did Einstein then leave Britain, never to return to Europe?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid…Readers interested in Einstein will enjoy reading about this lesser-known chapter in his life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-researched adn very readable book about a less well-known period in Einstein’s life—his contact with England and English scientists.”

    Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford

  • “I absolutely adore this book—it’s insightful and very well written. Einstein’s time in and relation to Britain from an Anglophile perspective is a new and valuable contribution. Robinson is also a very fine storyteller.”

    Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein: His Space and Times

  • “The very first study of its kind. It wears its thorough and conscientious scholarship lightly on its sleeve—a splendidly entertaining read.”

    Ze’ev Rosenkranz, editor of The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein

  • “A compelling tale of Einstein’s reception in Britain. Robinson casts in bold relief important insights into the nature and character of British and German societies in the interwar period.”

    Robert Schulman, former head, Einstein Papers Project

  • “A valuable new perspective on this great scientist’s personality.”

    Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom

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About the Author

Andrew Robinson is the author of more than twenty-five books covering both science and the arts, six of which are biographies. They include The Last Man Who Knew Everything (a biography of polymath Thomas Young), Genius: A Very Short Introduction, and Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity, which was described by the astronomer and writer Patrick Moore as “by far the best book about Einstein that I have ever come across” in BBC Sky at Night. He is also a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, including The Lancet, Nature, and Science.

About the Narrator

Antony Ferguson, Earphones Award–winning narrator, was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television.