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The most advanced and celebrated mind of the 20th Century, without a doubt, is attributed to Albert Einstein. This interesting book allows us to explore his beliefs, philosophical ideas, and opinions on many subjects. Subjects include politics, religion, education, the meaning of life, Jewish issues, the world economy, peace and pacifism.
Einstein believed in the possibility of a peaceful world and in the high mission of science to serve human well-being. As we near the end of a century in which science has come to seem more and more remote from human values, Einstein's perspective is indispensable.
- ASIN : B07FMFF9PJ
- Publisher : GENERAL PRESS; 1st edition (July 16, 2018)
- Publication date : July 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 506 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 80 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #534,943 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The one disheartening thing I found in his letters was that he openly despised men who served in the military. Einstein asserts that such a man is despicable because rather than resort to tools of the mind to resolve conflict, they resort to the violence and the baser nature of man as animal. Being a long serving professional soldier and scholar, I was crestfallen that man I so admired, would demonstrate his despise for me from his grave. Regardless, acknowledging Einsteins pacifism and the German military ethic of the era in which Einstein was familiar, I at least understood his sentiment.
The book remains a good read which I recommend to others. Its analysis of all the topics discussed above are short. It serves as a book that one can read in one setting, pick up and put down for later reading, or return to again and again for future reference.
Some of the writings are incredibly interesting and provide insight into this amazing man. Others are just plain boring and add little. The better writings are clearly towards the front of the book and elucidate his humanity and thoughts on topics from God ("I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves." page 16). Knowledge (" . . . lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small." page 16). Nationalism (" . . . the greatest obstacle to international order is that monstrously exaggerated spirit of nationalism which also goes by the fair-sounding but misused name of patriotism." page 60)
There are a distracting amount of errors. A couple examples: page 20 ". . . put on uniform and kill and be BILLED (instead of killed)" Page 107 the entire last paragraph is duplicated.
And then there's the atomic bomb. There's a huge gap between Einstein's writings regarding pacifism and the unexplained common-knowledge that it was he who whispered into FDR's ear: "We need a WMD"; somehow we just leap-frogged over WWII altogether.
But especially satisfying were the paragraphs regarding Einstein's views regarding God, Judaism and organized religion, and world socialism. Apparently much that has been attributed to him (probably by the right -- a group to which I admittedly belong) regarding the existence of God was lifted out of context and spun. To say more about that here would become near to being a spoiler alert, so I'll leave it at that. But I will say this: Einstein's views regarding God and a Supreme Being do not clash with those of Deepak Chopra's, which is probably why you'll find Einstein referenced in several of Deepak's writings.
All in all, highly recommended for those who are curious about what made Albert Einstein tick.
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It is easy to see that this man was deeply moved by the Jewish experience at the hands of the Nazies and this galvanized him to promote World Peace. It is also a lesson for others in being humble and he certainly lived his beliefs, something that others will know little of ...with the passing of the years.
If you want more insight into Albert Einstein the man behind the stereotyped picture that the world often painted of him, then this book will give you that insight.
The subjects covered include the future of science, pacifism, economics, Jewish issues and many personal reflections on people he respected.
I was struck by the quality of the writing. Though many of the contributions are taken from notes or letters, they have the feel of being very precisely honed, displaying great writing skill. As many of the issues discussed remain relevant today this is not merely a historical artefact of Einstein's life, but also contains ideas that are well worth revisiting.
It was interesting reading some of his letters that include arguments around very important topics .
Although some of the topics are now resolved it was useful to hear from individuals who lived in those times.