Subtle Is the Lord has ratings and 29 reviews. Manny said: In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einst. In this new major work Abraham Pais, himself an eminent physicist who Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein: The Science and the. The APS now gives out an Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, idea of how influential his work was, in particular “Subtle Is the Lord.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Subtle Is the Lord: Since the death of Albert Einstein in there have been many books and articles written about the man and a number of attempts to “explain” relativity. In this new major work Abraham Pais, himself an eminent physicist who worked alongside Einstein in the post-war years, traces the development of Einstein’s entire oeuvre.
This is the first book which deal comprehensively Since the death of Albert Einstein in there have been many books and articles written about the man and a number of attempts to “explain” relativity. This is the first book which deal comprehensively and in depth with Einstein’s science, both the successes and the failures.
Running baraham the book is a completely non-scientific biography identified in the table of contents by italic type including many letters which appear in English subtls the first time, as well as other information not published before.
Throughout the preparation of this book, Pais has had complete access to the Einstein Archives now in the possession of the Hebrew University and the invaluable guidance of the late Helen Dukas–formerly Einstein’s private secretary. Paperbackpages. National Book Award for Science Hardcover To see what your friends thought of tue book, please sign up. To ask other readers sbtle about Subtle Is the Lordplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
Paos seriously interested in the history of science. 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 to look elsewhere. I think that’s absolutely right; most biographies of Lindsay Lohan are, for similar reasons, equally sketchy concerning her opinions on quantum mechanics. The rest of this review is 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 rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons View all 24 comments. Dec 17, Erik rated it it was amazing. 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 lorf him as a working scientist who made occasional errors as all humans do. The relativity “revolution” is put in perspective as a continuation of classical physics, by comparison with the true break tthe the past that was occurring in quantum theory. He is also aware that Einstein’s opposition to quantum theory cannot be dis Really illuminating and surprisingly critical on two fronts.
Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein
He is also aware that Einstein’s opposition to quantum theory cannot be dismissed with the usual tagline of “God does not play dice. Einstein knew how isolated subtld was in later years from the mainstream of physics but then again he was always an outsider from day one. It would be difficult if not impossible for a person like this to succeed in physics or anywhere in academia today, as we are much more social and prone to groupthink in our pxis approach to knowledge.
View all 13 comments. Mar 06, Simon Mcleish rated it it was amazing. Originally published on my blog here in June Subtle is the Lord A fair knowledge of physics is necessary to read this, but reading a biography of Einstein which doesn’t convey the work that he did is much less interesting to those who have such a knowledge. Pais is not uncritical of Einstein. A major theme of his book is to answer the question of why, af Originally published on my blog here in June A major theme of his book is to answer the question of why, after the major achievements of special and general relativity and his quantum mechanics papers, Einstein produced so little work of permanent value in the second half of his working life.
In fact, Pais suggests that the very aspects of Einstein’s character which made the earlier breakthroughs possible js that his work became more divorced from the mainstream of twentieth century sbutle physics as time went on. Subtle is the Lord is rather less interested in the non-physics related activities of Albert Einstein, though considerable space is given to his pacifism and Zionism.
There are other biographies which concentrate on these matters, and are much more interested in Einstein’s private life. Pais’ work is where to come subte a definitive description of the way in which Einstein’s work and life fitted together. May 01, William Mann rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 ahraham of heart, it takes dedication and patience to work through. The result, wether you understand all the math or not, is a deeper understanding of Iw dedication to the pursuit of the greatest of mirac This is probably the BEST of all the Einstein biographies on the market.
The result, wether you understand all the math or not, is a deeper understanding of Einstein’s dedication to the pursuit of the greatest of miracles – the human mind’s ability to make sense out of nature. Jan 17, Arko rated it really liked it Shelves: The spirit with which he wrote bears the seed of the pursuit of an unified field theory from which all the attributes of the Nature will pop out.
This is an active field of research in theoretical physics of our present time to search abranam a theory that unifies the quantum and the classical domains. It has been over a century sbraham the theories given by him on quantum pzis and relativity holds remarkable consistency with experiments. Although we realize the need of revising his extremely elegant theories owing to the concepts of high gravitational field regime like sbraham in black holes, his zeal for the unified theory still stays put.
This beautifully written book will help readers lors appreciate the Iis of Einstein and how his ideas and work perpetuated during his lifetime. The author does justice in focusing on contribution of many other scientists those who had very crucial contribution in raising apt and subtle questions that led to revolutionary ideas in physics. I will highly wish the readership of the book to be extended more and more for everyone to have an understanding of subtl the modern science had humble beginnings in very subtle questions and ideas.
One would not fail to notice the ideas Einstein never renounced even though the success was no where close and the majority, including finest of physicists, walked on different paths. Should no one come to your call, then abbraham alone. Walked alone he did for the last three decades of his life in the pursuit of unified field theory, a theory which paved the foundation for modern theories aiming to unite all the forces of Nature.
Such a theory he foresaw, should be of simplistic structure being pregnant with all the attributes of our reality that we perceive. May 19, DJ marked it as to-read Recommends it for: Non-physicists need not apply.
This book is an intensely thorough scientific biography of Einstein and is likely a great joy to paais physicist interested watching the great man work. However, if you’re simply a pop-sci fan passing through the fascinating world of physics, don’t stop to gawk here. You won’t comprehend a thing. Instead, mosy on over to Walter Isaacson’s ‘Einstein: His Life and Dreams.
In my scant readings of the comprehensible parts of this book, however, I did manage to learn a abrahzm interesting things about Einstein’s successes and failures that any aspiring scientist might take note of.
I’m purely analyzing his characteristics in their role as his effectiveness as a scientist, not as a human being. Determination When Einstein encountered a problem, he didn’t drop it until he solved it. Special and general relativity took about ,ord decade each, and he spent at least another three decades searching for a unified field theory. The only thing that stopped lkrd from finding that UFT was death.
Though he had a great curiosity that led him all throughout the field of physics, around the world, and in and out of international politics and music, he also had the focus to continually return to the same problems from slightly different angles and levels of maturity.
Openness to Discussion Though Einstein disliked teaching regular courses it forced him to divert interest away from whatever physical problem was currently vexing himhe loved discussing current problems in physics with professors and students of all levels, even undergraduates.
He frequented many philosophical and literary circles as a young man as well. Although his greatest papers were independent works, I suspect his willingness to converse with others regardless of prestige expanded his mind greatly and likely gave him clues that assisted him on his quest for cosmic discovery.
Maintenance of Health Though famous for his vegetarian diet, Einstein loathed sports and avoided physical exercise. Illness plagued much of his life and I can’t help but think how much more he would have discovered had he maintained his health and wits about him. I know what you’re thinking. Maybe all that sick time was the very reason he was so effective since it would have given him a bit of isolation and rest with which to think deeply about physics.
Einstein’s most creative period during which he completed his work on special and general relativity and his Nobel work on particle physics occurred as a young man, before his health declined considerably. His later years are markedly less productive. Distraction Though as a younger man, Einstein eschewed teaching duties and did his best to free himself of distractions from his physics, in hist later years beginning in the she devoted a great deal of time to politics particularly pacifism and Zionismfundraising, and administrative work pertaining to various universities and societies and generally relinquished his style of intellectual focus and isolation.
For such a change, Einstein the scientist surely suffered at the expense of Einstein the human being.
I am in no way a physicist. To his credit, the author makes clear in the introduction that wubtle purpose of the book is to cover Einstein’s work, and he even highlights in the contents the very few sections si the book which deal with Einstein’s life rather than work. Despite knowing that, I made an att Hmmm Despite knowing that, I made an attempt to read through the book hoping to stretch my brain on the topic aubtle physics.
Pretty much every page has at least a couple of formulas, which Lrd skipped straight over, and much of the content is discussing either the details of the most recent formula or how it was arrived at and inspired by others. For a layperson, these parts are sometimes very interesting and sometimes unintelligible. The start and end of the chapters usually provided some scientific background on the papers and periods of Einstein’s career, and these served to form an interesting history of physics over the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
I did learn a lot of things. I learnt about the old, mistaken concept of an aether. I read oais material about special relativity slow enough to grasp most of it and to be able to explain it to others in laymen’s terms. As for general relativity, I understood very little except that Einstein managed to solve the age old riddle of what caused gravity and predicted a few other related phenomena, such as the bending of light around the sun, which were later confirmed to great fanfare.