From the bestselling author of E=MC , EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE is a brisk, accessible biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and hubris of the titan of modern science.
Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends.
This stunning downfall can be traced to Einstein's earliest successes and to personal qualities that were at first his best assets. Einstein's imagination and self-confidence served him well as he sought to reveal the universe's structure, but when it came to newer revelations in the field of quantum mechanics, these same traits undermined his quest for the ultimate truth. David Bodanis traces the arc of Einstein's intellectual development across his professional and personal life, showing how Einstein's confidence in his own powers of intuition proved to be both his greatest strength and his ultimate undoing. He was a fallible genius. An intimate and enlightening biography of the celebrated physicist, EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE reveals how much we owe Einstein today - and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws.
David Bodanis studied mathematics and history at the University of Chicago, and for many years taught the 'Intellectual Toolkit' course at Oxford University. He is the author of many books including the New York Times bestseller E=mc2, which was adapted into the PBS documentary Einstein's Big Idea. He has been a popular speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at many multinational companies including Google, Goldman Sachs, Unilever and Shell, where he worked at length with their standard-setting scenario team. Bodanis' work has been published in the Financial Times, Guardian and New York Times.