His Life and Universe

Audiobook CD - 2007
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A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein's papers offers insight into his contributions to science, in an account that describes the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781428149342
Call Number: 921 EINSTEIN
Characteristics: 18 compact discs (21.5 hours)
Subjects: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 -- Friends and associates.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Unified field theories.
Relativity (Physics)
Physicists -- Biography.
Compact discs, Book.


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Dec 02, 2017

This book provides a good review of Einstein's life - his work, his relationships with associates, his family issues, his philosophies, and in general what made him tick. The review of the description of his work is necessarily high level. In the various events, clearly Einstein was a non-conformist which was a strength and weakness. We are fortunate that he found his way. His motivation in physics was an intense curiosity about physics and innate ability to intuit the nature of physics that allowed him the ability to uncover many key discoveries that others could not deduce. It was this intuition that led him to think about physics along the lines of fields (e.g. gravitational and electromagnetic). With quantum mechanics, the probabilistic psi function may have been right but to him was an incomplete description. This incompleteness drove him on an unfullfilled quest of a unified field theory. This book has the good fortune to benefit from some recent relevant findings. One incident that the book missed was the 1947 Shelter Island Conference on the foundations of Quantum Mechanics along the lines of the Solvay conferences assembling the great minds of theoretical physics in one room previously attended. Einstein was invited but declined. I would have appreciated some explanation on this episode.


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