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In the aftermath of the First World War, Albert Einstein wrote about his hopes for the League of Nations, his feelings as a German citizen among the growing anti-Semitism and nationalism of his country, and his myriad opinions about the current affairs of his day. In addition to these political perspectives, The World as I See It reveals the idealistic, spiritual, and witty side of this great intellectual as he approaches topics including good and evil, religion and science, active pacifism, Christianity and Judaism, and minorities.
Including letters, speeches, articles, and essays written before 1935, this collection offers a complete portrait of Einstein as a humanitarian and as a human being trying to make sense of the world changing around him.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 40 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 29, 2021|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,687 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#78 in Biographies of Science & Technology Leaders
#81 in Science Essays & Commentary (Books)
#193 in Historical Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2016
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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.