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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The only thing that stopped him from finding that UFT was death. The second paper on Brownian Motion, received December Today in Science 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. Pais was a bright student and a voracious reader during his early education and said he had a happy childhood and felt integrated in Dutch society.

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It is more fun that way Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. His Life and Universe are the 3 works anybody interested in a seminal period in science history should possess.

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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. Subtle is the Lord: 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.


‘Subtle is the Lord … ‘: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

However, if you’re simply a pop-sci fan passing through the fascinating world of physics, don’t stop to gawk here. Lists with This Book. Apr 12, Ashish Jaituni rated abrqham really liked it Shelves: A very in depth look at the history of Einstein’s life work, with enough biography to provide context. I gave it a score of 4 because 3 is too low, but I really thought it was a 3.

Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

In November the German authorities issued a decree banning Jews from all civil service positions, including academic posts. Refresh and try again. It is assumed that you have the background in physics to hang with the a A very in depth look at the history of Einstein’s life work, with enough biography to provide context.

The language was clear and easy; the flow of reading was smooth but it was still too scientific for me. It’s an interesting read, though, as much for what it says indirectly about the history of writing about science as for what it says about Einstein’s scientific career. This is first and foremost a book about Einstein’s science, with a biographical structure and occasional biographical elements stuck on. It brilliantly tells the story of Einstein and his development into a world-renowned Physicist.

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.


This is an active field of research in theoretical physics of our present time to search for a theory that unifies the quantum and the classical domains. Via Twitter, Michael Barton is looking for some good books about physics.

In Marchhowever, they were betrayed and all four were arrested. Pais did not trust that and instead went into hiding. In the course of his hiding he kept in touch with the scientific community through visits at his hiding place by Hendrik Anthony Kramers and Lambertus Broer.

Nour Eddine rated it it was amazing Apr 20, During the remainder of the spring term he discontinued attending classes in Amsterdam and made several trips to visit Uhlenbeck in his laboratory. Want to Read saving…. Should no one come to your call, then walk alone. In fact, the Isaacson biography is sitting on the nightstand, waiting to be read.

Pais was born in Amsterdamthe first child of middle-class Dutch Jewish parents.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A final strangeness comes from the fact that this is an old book published inand thus its take on the status of various physical ideas is kind of dated.

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