Einstein: A Biography

Jürgen Neffe (Author) Shelley Frisch (Translator)

Product Details

Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date
July 01, 2009
6.06 X 1.12 X 8.78 inches | 1.47 pounds
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About the Author

Jürgen Neffe holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Aachen University and is a recipient of the Egon Erwin Kisch Award, the most prestigious award for print journalism in Germany.


"[Einstein's] are some of the most powerful ideas in all of science... Neffe does an especially thorough job tracing their origins in Einstein's early obsessions, and he shows how completely the latest cosmic theories are constructed atop the general theory of relativity."

--New York Times Book Review

"You would never know you were reading a translation. Converted into evocative, idiomatic English by Shelley Frisch, the book abandons the traditional chronological framework to make oblique swipes across Einstein's timeline--like those bullets flying through a train."

--Los Angeles Times

"Coupling insights into Einstein's character with clear descriptions of the physicist's groundbreaking research, Neffe creates a fascinating portrait of... one of the most intriguing figures of the 20th century."

--Publishers Weekly

"Neffe's biography reads more like an American novel. The language is fresh and lively--a nod to Neffe's English translator, Shelley Frisch."

--San Diego Union-Tribune

"A comprehensive, sympathetic, and very readable portrait of the man, the celebrity, the scientist, and the theories that transformed physics and the modern world... Stellar research and prose combine in a splendid biography of physics' most luminous supernova."

--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)