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The Essential Einstein

John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin

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Prose: non-fiction, Popular science

The definitive scientific icon of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein is remember for one equation, E=mc , and the image of a white-haired, pipe-smoking professor who didn t wear socks. But the equation comes from a time when all of his great work was done. The real Albert Einstein the high school drop-out who won the Nobel Prize along with the hearts of so many young women was young, handsome, dark haired and a natty dresser. And his greatest piece of work was so poorly understood at the time that the Nobel Committee, who couldn t understand it, but in a panic felt they ought to give him a prize for something, honoured him for something else.

An introduction, afterword and clear chronological table place Einstein s work in the context of the development of scientific knowledge.

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John Gribbin

John Gribbin gained a PhD in astrophysics at Cambridge University. He worked for both Nature and New Scientist magazines for many years and is the author of numerous books on science and related topics, which have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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