Einstein on Einstein : autobiographical and scientific reflections / Hanoch Gutfreund & Jürgen Renn.

By: Gutfreund, Hanoch [author.]Contributor(s): Renn, Jürgen, 1956- [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020]Description: 1 online resource (xi, 197 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0691200114; 9780691200118Contained works: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955. Notas autobiográficas. EnglishSubject(s): Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 | Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 -- Influence | Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 | Physicists -- Biography | Physicists -- Intellectual life | Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) | Physicists | SCIENCE / HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Biographies.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Einstein on EinsteinDDC classification: 530.092 LOC classification: QC16.E5 | G88 2020Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: "Einstein begins his Autobiographical Notes with one problem he never quite solved: "What, precisely, is thinking?" To answer, he turns inward to the very shape of his thoughts, the ongoing struggle to connect local observation, or what he calls the "momentary and personal," to the larger "mental grasp of things." Einstein situates his greatest discoveries amongst the other twentieth-century breakthroughs in the field and closely examines how these discoveries punctuated and propelled his own intellectual development. The autobiography expands what we know about Einstein's childhood education, readings in philosophy, and journey to the theory of general relativity. In this book, Autobiographical Notes is accompanied by introductions, essays, and commentary by Hanoch Gutfreud and Jürgen Renn, who draw on biographical information, written correspondence, and their knowledge of Einstein scholarship to render these difficult texts accessible to readers. They have also collected critical writings by Einstein's contemporaries alongside Einstein's own responses to these interlocutors, as well as Einstein's Autobiographical Sketch, composed just before his death in 1955, which is published for the first time in English"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Einstein begins his Autobiographical Notes with one problem he never quite solved: "What, precisely, is thinking?" To answer, he turns inward to the very shape of his thoughts, the ongoing struggle to connect local observation, or what he calls the "momentary and personal," to the larger "mental grasp of things." Einstein situates his greatest discoveries amongst the other twentieth-century breakthroughs in the field and closely examines how these discoveries punctuated and propelled his own intellectual development. The autobiography expands what we know about Einstein's childhood education, readings in philosophy, and journey to the theory of general relativity. In this book, Autobiographical Notes is accompanied by introductions, essays, and commentary by Hanoch Gutfreud and Jürgen Renn, who draw on biographical information, written correspondence, and their knowledge of Einstein scholarship to render these difficult texts accessible to readers. They have also collected critical writings by Einstein's contemporaries alongside Einstein's own responses to these interlocutors, as well as Einstein's Autobiographical Sketch, composed just before his death in 1955, which is published for the first time in English"-- Provided by publisher.

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This wonderful book provides commentary on Albert Einstein's personal essay Autobiographical Notes as published in the 1949 volume of the series "Library of Living Philosophers." The full English text of Einstein's memoir is reprinted at the end of the book. Following an introductory historical discussion, the authors embark on a series of comments devoted to each significant scientific concept discussed in the Einstein text. The writing is clear and will be accessible even to readers who lack a deep understanding of the physics involved. The organization of the book is admittedly complex, as it draws on diverse primary sources including Einstein's personal correspondence and contemporary critical exchanges, but it is implemented in a way that may add to a reader's enjoyment rather than make a chore of finding one's way through the text. The authors, both theoretical physicists, are eminently qualified as interpreters of Einstein's contributions and valedictory statements. Gutfreund is director of the Einstein Archives (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem), while Renn directs the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). The text is supported by unique historical photographs and, notably, delightful watercolor and pen-and-ink sketches executed by artist Laurent Taudin. This book should be acquired by every college library. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals. --Alan Spero, formerly, University of California

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Hanoch Gutfreund is professor emeritus of theoretical physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is also academic director of the Albert Einstein Archives. His books include, with Jürgen Renn, The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures (Princeton). Jürgen Renn is a director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His books include The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene (Princeton).

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