Score: 94/100 (9.4 out of 10)
This is the definitive chronicle of a man, a man who changed the course of human history and scientific thought forever.
Albert Einstein is perhaps the most famous scientist ever, and his face is one of the most recognizable in history. However, though some may recognize many of his scientific discoveries, few understand the actual man—the mind—behind those discovers. To many, he is an enigma: an extremely intelligent man who did some extremely great things.
This impressive book by Dr. Gary S. Berger pulls back the curtains and allows you to get to know Einstein through rarely-shared photographs, documents, and letters. Some of these appear to have been compiled from museums, archives, and even from the back of stationary that apparently belonged to Einstein or his family.
This book is compiled with so much love and care.
The thought, work, and effort that must've went into putting this all together must've been astronomical! We commend that.
Einstein: The Man and His Mind chronicles the remarkable, unparalleled life of Albert Einstein from his breakout year in 1905 to his dying day in 1955 at the age of 76. What's particularly spectacular in light of all of this is that Einstein continued to teach and make discoveries into his twilight years. Of particular note are 1906 (the year of E=MC^2), 1915-1916 (the period in which he wrote and published his theory of relativity), 1921 (the year in which he won the Nobel Peace Prize), 1933 (the year in which he left Nazi Germany for Britain), and 1999 (the year in which he was named Time Magazine's “Person of the Century” before Gandhi and FDR).
There are seriously too many highlights of Einstein's life to count!
For entertainment purposes, though, this book may test your patience. If you try to read it from beginning to end like a traditional book, you may find yourself a bit bored. This is more like a picture book, similar to the ones in the front of Barnes & Noble that are sorta novelty items. You're not supposed to linger on one page and read it word-for-word. It's better if you just go from picture to picture and soak in the gravity of what you're seeing (no pun intended). This is one of those encyclopedic books that you keep lying around on a shelf hoping that your kids will someday stumble on it and be inspired.
If you are a fan of Einstein, the history of scientific discoveries in the 20th century, and/or Einstein's work, this book is the ultimate chronicle of that.
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