Once again, I prove my commitment to my plan to read more fiction by reading non-fiction.
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. Fascinating man, Einstein…and just as subject to human foibles (lust, anger, resistance to change) as the rest of us. He completely shattered the realm of physics with Relativity, then spent the rest of his life trying to combine Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (a theory for which he held little regard, at least at the beginning). The story reminds me of the poem “Ten Mills” by Robert Frost:
I never dared to be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
I recommend this book. The physics are tolerable (i.e., you don’t have to have a degree in the stuff) and the story is interesting.
An excellent read… I picked it up a couple of years ago. An interesting contrast is Bird and Sherwin’s American Prometheus about Robert Oppenheimer, who was brilliant in a different way.
I read American Prometheus as well. Incredible book – and I set the poem in there to music (number 4 of my River Songs for soprano and piano).