Einstein's Greatest Mistake: A Biography

by David Bodanis

From the best-selling author of E=mc2, a brisk intellectual biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and fallibility of the titan of modern physics 

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9781328745521
  • ISBN-10: 132874552X
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 10/17/2017
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book
    “What Bodanis does brilliantly is to give us a feel for Einstein as a person. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that does this as well . . . Whenever there’s a chance for storytelling, Bodanis triumphs.” —Popular Science 

      

    “Fascinating.” —Forbes 

     

    Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life, he was ignored by most working scientists, and his ideas were opposed by even his closest friends. How did this happen? 

      
    Best-selling biographer David Bodanis traces the arc of Einstein’s life—from the skeptical, erratic student to the world’s most brilliant physicist to the fallen-from-grace celebrity. An intimate biography in which “theories of the universe morph into theories of life” (Times, London), Einstein’s Greatest Mistake reveals what we owe Einstein today—and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws. 
     
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    “Bodanis is a lot like Einstein—minus the great mistake. Both see fun in physics, both love simplicity and brevity.”—The Times (UK) 

    “Fascinating.”—Forbes 

    “Highly entertaining…This book should be required reading.”—Astronomy Magazine 

    “A thoroughly engaging and illuminating read.”—Shelf Awareness 

      

    Named “Science Book of the Year” by the Sunday Times (UK) 

     

    Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life, he was ignored by most working scientists, and his ideas were opposed by even his closest friends. How did this happen? 

       In Einstein’s Greatest Mistake, best-selling biographer David Bodanis shows how Einstein’s imagination, self-confidence, and astonishing early successes paved the way for his greatest failure: his inability to accept the truth of quantum physics, one of the most significant scientific discoveries of his age. An intimate biography in which “theories of the universe morph into theories of life” (The Times), Einstein’s Greatest Mistake reveals what we owe Einstein today, and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws. 

      

     

     

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