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Subtle Is the Lord


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Introductory Statistical Physics Relativity, the Special Theory Relativity, the General Theory The Later Journey The Quantum Theory Journey's End Appendices

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Abraham Pais (1918-2000) was an award-winning physicist and biographer. Gaining his PhD from Utrecht, he went on to work closely with Niels Bohr in Copenhagen before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and leading the Theoretical Physics Group at Rockefeller University. His work brought him into close professional, and personal, contact with the 20th century's leading physicists - Dirac, Pauli, Gell-Man, and Einstein. He retired in 1978 to write widely respected scientific biographies, and was awarded the Oppenheimer Prize in 1979.


Review from previous edition `A really superb biography of Einstein and all his work. Here, surely, is the biography that Einstein would have wanted. .' Roger Penrose, Times Higher Education Supplement `The definitive life of Einstein.' Brian Pippard, Times Literary Supplement `A coherent account of almost everything of scientific significance that Einstein did...Unique and indispensable.' Science `By far the most important study of both the man and the scientist.' Paul Davies, New Scientist `An outstanding biography of Albert Einstein that one finds oneself reading with sheer pleasure.' Physics Today `A sympathetic but clear-eyed view of his life and work...examined mainly in his own plentiful papers, supplemented by a remarkably wide list of unusual sources...a fine book.' Scientific Amrican `'the best biography of Einstein'' Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal

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