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Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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An inspiring collection of essays, in which Albert Einstein addresses the topics that fascinated him as a scientist, philosopher, and humanitarian
Divided by subject matter—“Science,” “Convictions and Beliefs,” “Public Affairs,” etc.—these essays consider everything from the need for a “supranational” governing body to control war in the atomic age to freedom in research and education to Jewish history and Zionism to explanations of the physics and scientific thought that brought Albert Einstein world recognition. Throughout, Einstein’s clear, eloquent voice presents an idealist’s vision and relays complex theories to the layperson.
Einstein’s essays share his philosophical beliefs, scientific reasoning, and hopes for a brighter future, and show how one of the greatest minds of all time fully engaged with the changing world around him.
This authorized ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.” —Albert Einstein, “The Law of Science and the Laws of Ethics”
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- ASIN : B004Q9U0L0
- Publisher : Philosophical Library/Open Road; Reprint edition (March 14, 2011)
- Publication date : March 14, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3190 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 201 pages
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One of those issues is Einstein's deep concern about future wars and peace. Much of his writings dealt with the dawn of the atomic bomb and its devastating effect on the future of human life, especially if left uncontrolled. He repeatedly called for a supra-natural authority to control the spread of this deadly weapon and how the League of Nations Nations and the United Nations should manage this immense responsibility. It is understandable why this problem weighed so heavily on his mind: firstly, as a physicist he was involved in the theory and development of this instrument of mass destruction; and secondly, the achievement of an agreement for the control of this threat was hardly within easy reach, especially after WWII when major powers did not see eye to eye on future peace strategies. When he died in 1955, to his disappointment, no solid international agreement was yet reached and the rift between the Soviet Union and the Western Allies was steadily on the rise.
In other articles in this book about 'his people', Einstein deals with a more personal and sensitive subject. He asks : why do people hate the Jews? His opinion is simple and direct: in every nation failures of the ruling classes leads to the search for a culprit. The Jewish people being small and defenceless tend to be accused of being behind major problems . He cites as an example the German loss in WW l and how the Nazi's blamed the Jews for this loss and ended up being severely persecuted. Likewise in Russia during the unrest toward the end of the 19th century when the rulers incited people against the Jews to detract from the intensity of the crisis. Away from national problems, however, how one is to explain the historical displeasure with the Jewish communities within the European societies? Again, his reply is clear but implicit: Envy! He believes that the personality of the Jew as a clever, hard working, successful, and devoted person, naturally, invites envy and resentment.
Einstein's view of the Jews of Israel was one of pride for their huge devotion and achievements. Paradoxically, however, he was against the establishment of a Jewish nation. On the contrary, he urged his people to be tolerant and to live and work in harmony with the Palestinians. This again, reflects his wisdom and genuine interest in peace, But, sadly, to this day, his wishes have not materialised.
Fuad R. Qubein
This book displays the heart of the man most of us have never met.......My thanks to the author for sharing his words with us.