Sottile è il Signore, ma non malevolo. Con questa frase, Einstein commentava nel 1921 alcuni dati (poi rivelatisi errati) che avrebbero potuto mettere in crisi la sua teoria della relatività. Guidato da un marcato senso estetico, oltre che da una logica stringente, il pensiero einsteiniano si opponeva naturalmente a ogni complicazione non necessaria, sempre teso a ricercare la più semplice ed elegante delle spiegazioni al più complesso dei problemi. Dotato di una tenacia fuori dal comune, Einstein visse da solitario nella vita come nella scienza, spesso contro corrente, giungendo così ad alcune delle più eclatanti scoperte del XX secolo. Questa biografia, scritta da un suo allievo e amico, resta a tutt'oggi insostituibile e insuperata per chi voglia ripercorrere il cammino scientifico e umano del grande fisico.
- ISBN: 883392291X
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 676
In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einstein personally, sets out to write a comprehensive biography of the greatest scientist of modern times. The emphasis is very much on the science, and if you want details on who Einstein slept with you are advised
Really illuminating and surprisingly critical on two fronts. One, Pais is critical of Einstein himself and does not write the usual hagiography of the great man, but deals with him as a working scientist who made occasional errors as all humans do. The relativity "revolution" is put in perspective a Leggi tutto
Originally published on my blog here in June 1998. Subtle is the Lord... (the Einstein quote finishes "...but he is not malicious") is an excellent biography of Albert Einstein written by an eminent physicist. A fair knowledge of physics is necessary to read this, but reading a biography of Einstein Leggi tutto
This is probably the BEST of all the Einstein biographies on the market. It is not only a bio of Einstein himself, but also of his science. With a combination of life story and physics Pais weaves a detailed tapestry of the history of the birth of modern Physics. This book is not for the faint of he Leggi tutto
“The aspiration of truth is more precious than its assured possession”. Those were Albert Einstein’s words from his autobiographical note written about a month prior he took his last breath. The spirit with which he wrote bears the seed of the pursuit of an unified field theory from which all the at Leggi tutto
Hmmm... well I think this book should have been called: " The SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE of Albert Einstein (with a tiny bit of context about his life)" This is a book by a physicist, for physicists. (I am in no way a physicist.) To his credit, the author makes clear in the introduction that the purpose Leggi tutto
There's a saying from "A Brief History of Time" by Steven Hawking to the effect that "For every equation in the book the readership would be halved...". Clearly that doesn't hold in the limit, because by rough estimate this book has 300 or so equations, implying that even if the original readership
Terrifically clear exposition of Einstein's development as a thinker....Not for those intimidated by equations; but from Brownian motion to Einstein-Bose condensate, one comes away with how his supple mind fit things together. Far more respectful of science - and the scientifically interested reader Leggi tutto
This has been on my bookshelf for many years and has been read and reread several times. OK, you probably need to be a physicist or a mathematician to really understand the technical detail, because this is quite definitely a history of the intellectual development of Einstein rather than a personal Leggi tutto
A surprising collection of physical formulas and biographical notes. Interesting but the different subjects do not really bland into a biographical story. For me not a nice read but the very interesting contents compensate a lot.
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