He was awarded the Nobel Price for physics in 1922 at the age of forty-three for his discovery of the photoelectric effect, a phenomenon seemingly far removed from the everyday concerns of his fellow man. Yet afterward Albert Einstein, through the sheer force of his character as much as his intellect, emerged as a prophet, moralist, and reformer whose views touched all of mankind. Originally published in 1954, the year before his death, Ideas and Opinions presents the popular writings of the great physicist: pieces that reflect how Einstein's life was as he often said, "divided between politics and equations."
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Albert Einstein (18791955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk.
Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including Einsteins Dreams, which was an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of three collections of essays and several books on science. His latest work is the memoir of his family, Screening Room. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. Since beginning his career as a theoretical physicist, Lightman has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and in the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.