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Subtle is the Lord

The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

Abraham Pais



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Oxford USA via B & T
01 September 2005
Subtle is the Lord is widely recognized as the definitive scientific biography of Albert Einstein. The late Abraham Pais was a distinguished physicist turned historian who knew Einstein both professionally and personally in the last years of his life. His biography combines a profound understanding of Einstein's work with personal recollections from their years of acquaintance, illuminating the man through the development of his scientific thought. Pais examines the formulation of Einstein's theories of relativity, his work on Brownian motion, and his response to quantum theory with authority and precision. The profound transformation Einstein's ideas effected on the physics of the turn of the century is here laid out for the serious reader. Pais also fills many gaps in what we know of Einstein's life - his interest in philosophy, his concern with Jewish destiny, and his opinions of great figures from Newton to Freud. This remarkable volume, written by a physicist who mingled in Einstein's scientific circle, forms a timeless and classic biography of the towering figure of twentieth-century science.
Imprint:   Oxford USA via B & T
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   838g
ISBN:   9780192806727
ISBN 10:   0192806726
Pages:   576
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introductory Statistical Physics Relativity, the Special Theory Relativity, the General Theory The Later Journey The Quantum Theory Journey's End Appendices

Reviews for Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

Review from previous edition `A really superb biography of Einstein and all his work. Here, surely, is the biography that Einstein would have wanted. .' Roger Penrose, Times Higher Education Supplement `The definitive life of Einstein.' Brian Pippard, Times Literary Supplement `A coherent account of almost everything of scientific significance that Einstein did...Unique and indispensable.' Science `By far the most important study of both the man and the scientist.' Paul Davies, New Scientist `An outstanding biography of Albert Einstein that one finds oneself reading with sheer pleasure.' Physics Today `A sympathetic but clear-eyed view of his life and work...examined mainly in his own plentiful papers, supplemented by a remarkably wide list of unusual sources...a fine book.' Scientific Amrican `'the best biography of Einstein'' Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal

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