In the fall of 1922, Albert Einstein, along with his then-wife, Elsa Einstein, embarked on a five-and-a-half-month voyage to the Far East and Middle East, regions that the renowned physicist had never visited before. Einstein's lengthy itinerary consisted of stops in Hong Kong and Singapore, two brief stays in China, a six-week whirlwind lecture tour of Japan, a twelve-day tour of Palestine, and a three-week visit to Spain. This handsome edition makes available, for the first time, the complete journal that Einstein kept on this momentous journey.
The telegraphic-style diary entries--quirky, succinct, and at times irreverent—record Einstein's musings on science, philosophy, art, and politics, as well as his immediate impressions and broader thoughts on such events as his inaugural lecture at the future site of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a garden party hosted by the Japanese Empress, an audience with the King of Spain, and meetings with other prominent colleagues and statesmen. Entries also contain passages that reveal Einstein's stereotyping of members of various nations and raise questions about his attitudes on race. This beautiful edition features stunning facsimiles of the diary's pages, accompanied by an English translation, an extensive historical introduction, numerous illustrations, and annotations. Supplementary materials include letters, postcards, speeches, and articles, a map of the voyage, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.
Einstein would go on to keep a journal for all succeeding trips abroad, and this first volume of his travel diaries offers an initial, intimate glimpse into a brilliant mind encountering the great, wide world.
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The detectives featured in this volume include: Sadaf Farooqi on what makes us fat; Nick Lane on the origin of life on earth; Sue Black on what you can learn from dead bodies; Tejinder Virdee on the search for the Higgs Boson; and Amoret Whitaker on how insects can help solve crimes.
Lt Islam Bibi - Helmand's top female police officer, shot dead by the Taliban
Naty Revuelta Clews - Fidel Castro's mistress
Naomi Sims - first black supermodel
Sylvia Robinson - The 'mother of hip-hop' who was the founder/CEO of Sugar Hill records
Rosalia Mera - Zara founder, the world's richest self-made woman
Marie Colvin - war reporter killed in Homs
Clare Hollingworth - Telegraph reporter who was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of the Second World War
Eileen Nearne - Wartime spy who was captured and tortured by Gestapo and who spent 6 months in Ravensbrück. Her story was only revealed after her death
Salome Karwah - Ebola survivor who went back to Liberia to nurse other sufferers
Jo Cox - MP murdered in her own constituency
Jill Saward - rape survivor and campaigner for victims of sexual abuse
Scharlette Holdman - 'the angel of death row' who fought against the death penalty in the US
Jeanne Cordova - former nun who became a lesbian rights activist
Francis Kelsey - pharmacologist who prevented thalidomide being licensed in the US
Mary Lee Berners-Lee - internet pioneer
Margaret Rule - archaeologist who raised the Mary Rose
Countess of Arran - Powerboat racer - 'the fastest granny on water'
Nothing encapsulates Einstein's profound involvement in twentieth-century politics like the atomic bomb. Here we read the former militant pacifist's 1939 letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning that Germany might try to develop an atomic bomb. But the book also documents how Einstein tried to explain this action to Japanese pacifists after the United States used atomic weapons to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki, events that spurred Einstein to call for international control of nuclear technology.
A vivid firsthand view of how one of the twentieth century's greatest minds responded to the greatest political challenges of his day, Einstein on Politics will forever change our picture of Einstein's public activism and private motivations.
An Einstein Encyclopedia contains entries on Einstein’s birth and death, family and romantic relationships, honors and awards, educational institutions where he studied and worked, citizenships and immigration to America, hobbies and travels, plus the people he befriended and the history of his archives and the Einstein Papers Project. Entries on Einstein’s scientific theories provide useful background and context, along with details about his assistants, collaborators, and rivals, as well as physics concepts related to his work. Coverage of Einstein’s role in public life includes entries on his Jewish identity, humanitarian and civil rights involvements, political and educational philosophies, religion, and more.
Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the theory of general relativity, An Einstein Encyclopedia also includes a chronology of Einstein’s life and appendixes that provide information for further reading and research, including an annotated list of a selection of Einstein’s publications and a review of selected books about Einstein.