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

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Since the death of Albert Einstein in 1955 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 and in depth with Einstein's science, both the successes and the failures.
Running through the book is a completely non-scientific biography (identified in the table of contents by italic type) including many letters which appear in English for 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.

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Abraham Pais is Detlev W. Bronk Professor at the Rockefeller University and winner of the J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Prize for 1979. He is also the author of Inward Bound and Niels Bohr's Times, In Physics, Philosophy, and Polity.

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"A monument to sound scholarship and graceful style.... Accurate, witty, and clear as brook water, it is a work against which future scientific biographies will be measured.... Anyone with an interest in Einstein should give this splendid book a try."--The New York Times Book Review

"A coherent account of almost everything of scientific significance that Einstein did.... Unique and indispensable."--Science

"Particularly valuable as the first thorough study in one accessible volume of all of Einstein's major contributions to science.... Remarkably clear as well as authoritative."--The New York Review of Books

"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 American

"An outstanding biography of Albert Einstein that one finds oneself reading with sheer pleasure."--Physics Today

"The best biography of Einstein."--Jim Holt, The Wall Street Journal

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