I would recommend this as a quick and interesting read excluding the scientific technical section. Dec 04, Brett Bavar rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Fascinating to look into the mind of this iconic genius. After serving a pivotal role in the discoveries which led to the invention of nuclear bombs, and recognizing he could have easily been among the millions of European Jews killed in World War II, he seems to have taken a personal interest in practical plans to end war.
His ideas about a supranational government are attractive, though probably overly idealistic. I think it's probably unfortunate that his ideas in this arena never really caug Fascinating to look into the mind of this iconic genius. I think it's probably unfortunate that his ideas in this arena never really caught on. I started reading Out of My Later Years a little over a year ago.
Some of these essays are kind of sad. They're not sad because of their content: they're sad because of how far the world has fallen from these dreams Einstein and his contemporaries shared. Einstein dreamed of a strong United Nations that could mediate international conflicts and prevent future wars.
Many would assail this portrayal as morally degenerate; the modernists, on the other hand, would defend themselves by calling it liberating. Only they are not true for me to live in them. This ought to have been a comfortable sum of money at the time many working class families had "round about a pound a week" as their entire household income  yet in his Experiment in Autobiography , Wells speaks of constantly being hungry, and indeed photographs of him at the time show a youth who is very thin and malnourished. For one, they created an optimistic aura of a worldly paradise, of a new technology that was to reshape man into moral perfection. Needs Improvement Love it!
He dreamed of nuclear disarmament and an end to genocide. He dreamed of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, one that would live in peace and mutual cooperation with its Arab population. Clearly, none of this has come true.
Some of the essays are a bit repetitive. One problem with a collection of this sort is that Einstein often gave the same message to different audiences, all of which are collected here. The result is that, at times, I found myself thinking wait. Because of this repetition, this is not a collection that necessarily needs to be read cover to cover.
It is, however, a collection that deserves to be read.
These days, we consider Einstein one of the foremost geniuses of the Twentieth Century. Einstein was a man who had many interests: spiritual, secular, cultural, and of course his great passion for physics. He had friends and heroes, both in the scientific community and without. This book reflect those multiple facets of his life. Jan 03, Travis rated it it was ok Shelves: history , politics. Interesting, yet intensely dry. A real mixed bag. Interesting to see Einstein's views on a variety of subjects, but his writing style is pure ponderous college lecture so that most of the articles can be really had to get through.
Amazing how progressive he is on so many issues, especially considering when these were written. Nov 06, Coco rated it it was amazing. I wanted to write, what brilliant writing! But then, it is a book of essays written by the most well-known genius in history, so I feel like anything aside from "This book was written by Albert Einstein" is just being superfluous with phrases varying on the theme that "Hey, You Should Read This Book Because It Was Written by Dr Albert Einstein".
Aug 11, Tom rated it liked it Shelves: biographies. As the description states, this is not so much a book but rather a collection of writings by Einstein on a variety of subjects, written over a period of 15 years. The book is divided into several sections where Einstein writings could be classified as philosophical, scientific and biographical. In his philosophical writings, Einstein muses on subjects like religion, government, social justice and education. I found this to be the most intriguing part of the book and found much of his wisdom to be As the description states, this is not so much a book but rather a collection of writings by Einstein on a variety of subjects, written over a period of 15 years.
I found this to be the most intriguing part of the book and found much of his wisdom to be still relevant today. I found his views on government and socialism to be unrealistic, though his rationale had some merit.
First he delves into what you might call the philosophy of science, which had little depth on pure science but was an interesting read and certainly showed a greater and broader level of intellect than what most people realize about Einstein. The second part is about his work in science along with relevant adjacent areas of science.
In the biographical writings, Einstein discusses his views on a number of scientists, some contemporary, some historical. Again this was interesting and insightful, especially for his contemporaries.
I found his thoughts on Marie Curie to be enlightening, despite my personal admiration for her based on my university studies. Einstein provided a small view into other aspects of Mme. Curie which has motivated me to search for a good book on her life as well of her work. Overall I can recommend this book to read when you are looking for book that will challenge you to think, even if you only read his philosophical writings.
May 28, Shaun rated it liked it. This is a collection of different writings from Albert Einstein. I learned that besides being a world-renown physicist, he also: - advocated for world peace through an idealistic proposal of having a world government he didn't think the UN could do much given the precedent of the League of Nations - spoke out on race relations in America - had proposals for overhauling education - supported the Labour Zionist movement including the creation of the State of Israel; he preferred the Arabs and Jews This is a collection of different writings from Albert Einstein.
Feb 06, bup rated it liked it. A collection of thoughtful essays by some guy. There's a lot of overlap, but for different purposes. Law is there to protect members of society from becoming victims - as members of an entity more powerful than oneself, knowing that society protects the individual from others is necessary. Philosophy and religion, which I'll compress A collection of thoughtful essays by some guy. Philosophy and religion, which I'll compress into moralists , protect individuals from becoming perpetrators. Both the law, and moralists, are against murder, for instance - but the law to protect people from becoming murdered, and moralists to protect people from becoming murderers.
Seeing that distinction has helped me a lot over the years. Thanks, Einstein. Nov 23, Tams rated it it was ok. This book included both essays and transcriptions of various speaking events- some were interesting, some were physics above my level, however it was all highly repetitive- eg: an essay on zionism, followed by a transcription on the same subject, followed by a writing on the same theme, written to a slighly different audience, resulting in a tedious slog of a read. May 25, Ivan rated it liked it.
Many of the writings are still relevant today. The writing on a one world government became a bit reparative and the sections on physics were a bit dense for me. Overall I would recommend it. Jan 19, Rosbel rated it really liked it. I have mixed feelings regarding this book Still, there is something in the character, which doesn't seem right. I got bored. Jan 26, Marshall rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , politics , culture , science.
This is a collection of Einstein's writings and speeches on various topics, such as science, education, politics, Judaism, and kudos to other scientists. The real take-away I got from this book is that just because someone is a scientific genius does not mean they are a political genius.
Einstein was a rabid advocate of a world government, and a supporter of socialism. At first, I figured his misguided views were reasonable given the alarmism at the time about nuclear warfare, and his role in the This is a collection of Einstein's writings and speeches on various topics, such as science, education, politics, Judaism, and kudos to other scientists.
At first, I figured his misguided views were reasonable given the alarmism at the time about nuclear warfare, and his role in the development of nuclear weapons. But over time, his rants really started getting on my nerves, and I started mentally poking holes in his arguments. His assumption, with no evidence to support it, was that world government is both necessary and sufficient for peace in a nuclear age.