Einstein: 2a Life in Science

Michael White, Author, John R. Gribbin, With
Michael White, Author, John R. Gribbin, With Dutton Books $21.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-525-93750-0
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
Prebound-Sewn - 279 pages - 978-0-606-07466-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 288 pages - 978-0-452-27146-3
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The authors' second in a series of ``life in science'' biographies, after Stephen Hawking , is aimed more toward the general reader than the specialist; a slightly didactic tone even suggests a young adult audience. Although Gribbin and White do not avoid real physics, nor the corollary metaphysics that give their subject his iconic halo, their examination of Einstein's (1879-1955) life and career makes for considerably less rigorous reading than Abraham Pais's Subtle Is the Lord , which, published in 1982, is the most recent full Einstein biography. Purposefully directing themselves to examine the origins of Einstein's contributions (``If you want to know how often Einstein brushed his teeth, you will not find the answer in our book''), the authors have crafted a deft invitation to further reading. (Mar.)
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