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Ideas and Opinions

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A new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein's popular writings, gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, and religion and science, to human rights, economics, and government.
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Bonanza Books (first published 1954)
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book cause i wanted to know more about the man who postulated the theory of relativity. And i was delightfully surprised by the human nature of Albert Einstein. The book is collection of his speeches, interviews and articles covering his views and opinions about diverse fields ranging from Physics to philosophy and life in general. Amazed to find that most of his ideas are valid even in today's world.Einstein seems to had opinions on almost every subject and most of these ...more
مديحة حوري
كل شيء يبدأ بفكرة، والأفكار عادة تبدأ ضعيفة، تبدو لغير صاحبها ساذجة تافهة،، لكن يقويها ايمان صاحبها الراسخ بها، دعمه لها بأساليب الاثبات العلمية، والصبر على استهانه الناس بها، الى أن يظهرها الله أو يهلك صاحبها دونها
Cassandra Kay Silva
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable. No words. Just lovely.
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this book because I wanted to get to know Einstein a little. I'd run across several insightful quotes from him and decided to explore what he was all about. As my rating indicates, I felt this book was just "ok". The man himself was very impressive. He was definitely a humanitarian, and wanted nothing but peace. But the book is a collection of his essays and I didn't find it fascinating reading. It also seemed too repetitious at times. The last section of the book was about his "ideas &am ...more
Dan Goldberg
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The words of the master himself. Not a biography written by someone else. Einstein's writings are fascinating. His opinions...thought provoking and invigorating. I highly recommend this book!
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

A book of a variety of subject matter, many of which are likely better pursued in other works. Wisdom, politics, and science are stuttered through articles, speeches, letters and statements, i.e. it is often truncated, generalized, esoteric, and/or repeated. So why go this route? For me, there are two main reasons: 1) the man is not separate from his ideas; and 2) a tast
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."

"Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation."

"Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, he
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
I never seen a man like him!
Such a great mentality I ever seen in my whole life. He has different vision that the all other people around the world!!

In spite of my disagreement with some of his opinions for maybe genetic factors but he still number one.

On the other hand I agree with his ideals!
Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: main
Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: La mayoría ha de vivir temerosa ante la posibilidad de verse eliminada del ciclo económico, y sufrir así la falta de lo necesario. Los habitantes de distintas naciones se matan entre sí a intervalos regulares. La inteligencia y el carácter de las masas son muy inferiores a la inteligencia y al carácter de los pocos que producen algo valioso para la comunidad. Combinar la sabiduría y el poder ha tenido éxito muy pocas veces, y cuando lo tuvo no fue por much ...more
Chris Barrett
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always believe that WHEN you read a particular book for the first time is akin to the first time you heard say Gershwin for the first time or Rakim. Whatever your tastes are the timing does matter. For me, this book mattered a great deal when I first read it.
I read this in 1995. I was 21 and about to move into a 285 square foot efficiency, on my own. So one can imagine the impact a book like this can have at that age in that place.

I absorbed the book like an Iguana in the desert laying in 3
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go, dive, explore, build your opinion; this will do service to all.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've given this book at least a dozen times to people over the years. Wise insights and a good book to have around.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
كيف لي أن أقيم آراءا ...
الأراء تبقى آراءا سواء اختلفنا أو اتفقنا معها ، حتى لو كانت من شخص ذائع الصيت كآينشتاين !
الملاحظة الوحيدة لي هي أن الترجمة التي قرأتها ضعيفة للغاية (ترجمة دار الفردوس).
SJ Loria
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Is Einstein a Philosopher?

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. The most recent addition to my “Top Shelf” on my bookshelf.

Everyone “knows” Einstein as the scientist with the scientist look, E=MC2, etc. Until reading this I thought Einstein was just a scientist. After reading this book I stand in awe of the man’s intellect, the wide range of topics he thinks about, and the beautiful way that he writes and thinks.

Someone recently told me an entrepreneur is an artist. I bel
Mark Feltskog
This is a book by Albert Einstein. Unlike the rest of us, he is Einstein.

Enough said.
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
"A Importância da Boa Vontade

No decurso da minha longa vida recebi dos meus companheiros um reconhecimento muito maior do que aquele que mereço e confesso que o meu sentido de humildade sempre se sobrepôs ao meu prazer. Mas nunca, em ocasiões anteriores, a dor se sobrepôs tanto ao prazer como agora. Todos nós, que estamos preocupados com a paz e o triunfo da razão e da justiça, devemos estar hoje claramente conscientes do peso que uma pequeníssima justificação e uma boa vontade honesta podem exe
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A solid collection of Einstein's writing, covering a wide variety of topics. I was surprised every now and then by how "naive" he could be in political matters. Not that he's "wrong" anywhere, just maybe a little too convinced that "the good guys" will win eventually in spite of all the evidence (which he cites!) that they do not? Also, some of his ideas become a little repetitive, but that's really the editor's fault and not Einstein's. Although I have to admit that the last section with papers ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of writings and lectures by Albert Einstein, organised in sections, discussing ideas, politics, pacifism, the Jewish people, science and more. I got through all of it until I reached the final part: contributions to science. Although Einstein's writing could be dense (particularly his pre-war stuff), it was generally understandable. The science writing was beyond me. I struggled through a lot of it, but stopped when I realised that I had read entire pages that didn't make an ...more
Sebsibe Fikir
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
i really pleased by reading this book of albert einstein;coz i always wanna to read different books of different peoples who have master mind, and he is also one & my first choice. no one is perfect in this world;but information makes everyone perfect. man of gr8 thought albert....sebsibe wish his friends to join his reading network. hey guys let's start.....
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found the first part of this book fantastic, the later part of the book was a bit over my head as I was not familiar with some of the other scientists theories that he was quoting from so I became a bit lost during the 2nd half of the book and had to slow my reading down to process it.
Noor Iqbal
definately...some ideas hidden in our mind...and some thoughts we express by our movement and actions......fantastic work
Dana Jerman
Full of quotes and quips from a giant brain. Wholesome.
Mike Fiddleman
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i was surprised that one of the smartest guys, let's see...ever, could write so simply. you hardly have to be polysyllabic to read this and it was a joy.
Sinan Canan
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bu adamı bu kitapla sevdim :)
Igor Stojanov
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A good review of the ideas of Einstein. Contains letters, public speeches, and opinions on many topics including his humanism, pacifism, religion, relativity and everything in between. The main surprise was that he advocated to the US president for the development of the bomb before the Germans developed it. And after reading Schroedinger, the Germans at that time were not focused on building the bomb.

Some quotes I liked:
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojo
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some beautiful thoughts about peace, about the meaning of life, about God, about almost everything. I was in waaaay over my head in the last section called "Contributions to Science." But my own peculiar illness dictated that I read every word, even when I had to start reading out loud to try to make any sense of those words.

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it
Cillian Flood
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting mainly as a first hand historical account of the world pre and post war. Einstein's opinions certainly reflect my own, but I confess I was pretty mostly when it became about mathematics. Which is a shame, I was hoping to get something out of it, I managed to understand Hawking's book okay, but maybe Einstein's notes just weren't designed to be read by a layman. He did use a metaphor when describing E = MC2 which was pretty helpful though. If only more of it took that route.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Einstein’s ideas on war, society, and racism is applicable today. His opinions about nuclear war written over 50 years ago seem to be a warning for today’s idiot leaders who seem hell bent on having the biggest and most destructive gun. Why should we care if the human race is exterminated? The planet will survive.
Jorge Luna
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book presents the views and opinions of the genius in his own words. I skipped some sections that were not of my interest. But overall, it is a inspiring book, that shows how even 60+ years later, we as people continue to face the same challenges and questions.
Louise Carter
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This books is a little hard to follow as it is structured by topic and not year, and is also a collection of bits and pieces and not meant to really be a whole book. It is very interesting none the less and a good read.
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