Relativity Additional Summary

Albert Einstein


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Fölsing, Albrecht. Albert Einstein: A Biography. New York: Penguin Books, 1998. This massive and detailed work was praised on its first appearance in German and in its later English (abridged) version. Scientists and general readers have found his treatment of Einstein’s life and work balanced and insightful. Extensive notes and bibliography, a helpful chronology, and an index.

Isaacson, Walter. Einstein: His Life and Universe. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time magazine, uses many new documents in creating his portrait of “the complete Einstein”—scientist, humanist, husband, and father. The book, lauded by scientists and nonscientists, became a best seller. Notes to primary and secondary sources, brief biographies of the main characters, and an index.

Kox, A. J., Martin J. Klein, and Robert Schulmann, eds. The Berlin Years: Writings, 1914-1917. Vol. 6 in The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1996. This volume of the ongoing protect to publish all of Einstein’s extant writings contains the German text of his popularization of the special and general theories of relativity. The introductions and notes are in English, as is a softcover companion that contains English translations of all of the German writings of volume 6. Includes a section on literature cited, as well as an index of subjects and another of citations.

Levenson, Thomas. Einstein in Berlin. New York: Bantam Books, 2003. This biographical study of Einstein’s life and work from 1914 to 1933 also contains much background material on the composition and publication of his popularization on relativity. Illustrated with photographs. Notes, bibliography, and index.