Subtle Is the Lord has ratings and 29 reviews. Manny said: In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einst. In this new major work Abraham Pais, himself an eminent physicist who Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein: The Science and the. The APS now gives out an Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, idea of how influential his work was, in particular “Subtle Is the Lord.

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If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. He soon became disappointed by the only professor there in theoretical physics, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Jr. Despite knowing that, I made an attempt to read through the book hoping to stretch my brain on the topic of physics.

But very much worth the entire five stars. He obtained his doctoral degree in theoretical physics on June 9, just five days before the deadline. Infollowing the war, Pais was able to accept that invitation and served as a personal assistant to Bohr at his country home in Tisvilde for a year. One, Pais is critical of Einstein himself and does not write the usual hagiography of the great man, but deals with him as a working scientist who made occasional errors as all humans do.

There are some good anecdotes, but it seems a little like the author’s personal affection for Einstein keeps him from wanting to talk about anything unflattering.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Pais did not trust that and instead went into hiding. There’s also some weirdness about the formatting.


He frequented many philosophical and literary circles as a young man as well. I valued very much how it leads you through the thought process behind the development of GR. This article needs abtaham citations for verification.

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Jan 17, Arko rated it really liked it Shelves: Brownian Motion, received May But all in all I enjoyed the book because it gave me an insight into the physics of the first half of last century and the nature of the genius behind the name “Albert Einstein”.

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In my scant readings of the comprehensible parts of this book, however, I did manage to learn a few interesting things about Einstein’s successes and failures that any aspiring scientist might take note of. Jan 10, Carlo Monilla rated it it was amazing. InPais became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

After his retirement Pais and his third wife Ida Nicolaisen spent half their time in Denmark where he worked at the Niels Bohr Institute. The comment 6 makes an important point, although I would add that there is no lorr that the thf coming up with the idea has to accept all of its implications! To my personal taste, the structure of the book is a bit irritating: In particular I agree with his view that quantum effects are not fundamental.


In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einstein personally, sets out to write a comprehensive biography of the greatest scientist of modern times. During the last 50 years no one managed to add anything significant to his contributions – not even you Chad. The first was the idea of “associated production” to explain the puzzling properties of strange particles.


Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

Dec 17, Erik rated it it was amazing. The problem is that unless you majored in physics or even studied at the graduate level, you aren’t going to comprehend the details.

My knowledge of Einstein’s history had been too vague, and I now feel much more informed about the man and the state of science in which he arose. I am particularly interested in his works on consciousness Uhlenbeck, in anticipation of his departure, introduced Pais to physicist Hendrik Anthony Kramers at Leiden University, who became his mentor and friend.

View all 24 comments. The te of this review is In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einstein personally, sets out to write a comprehensive biography of the pord scientist of modern times. He graduated with a working knowledge of English, French, and German.

For a better biographical account, that does not gloss over the complications in Einstein’s personal life, I’d recommend the Walter Isaacson biography.

Since the death of Albert Einstein in there have been many books tge articles written about the man and a number of attempts to “explain” relativity. A very in depth look at the history of Einstein’s life work, with enough biography to provide context.

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