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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Open Preview See a Problem? In earlyhowever, the Dutch secretary general of internal affairs, Frederiks, made arrangements for the university Jews to report to Barneveld for their own safety, where they would be housed in a chateau.

The second paper hhe Brownian Motion, received December Pais tge a physicist himself who personally knew both Einstein and Bohr, and made this unique biography of the science of Einstein. Selected pages Title Page.

Pais was working on a pajs of Robert Oppenheimer at the time of his death. According to Pais’ interpretation, Einstein’s opposition to the quantum mechanics arose precisely because he was the first person to fully appreciate just how strange and revolutionary quantum physics actually is. They both taught school until his mother quit when they married on December 2, Dec 05, Olga rated it really liked it.

His friend Tina Strobos was not Jewish and thus was free of restrictions and threat of incarceration. His only sibling, Annie, was born on November 1, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In fact, Pais suggests that the very aspects of Einstein’s character which made the earlier breakthroughs possible meant that his work became more divorced from the mainstream of twentieth century theoretical physics as time went on. Mar 19, Raymond rated it it was amazing.

Pais tne of heart failure in Copenhagen. His father, Isaiah “Jacques” Pais, was the descendant of Sephardic Jews who migrated from Portugal to the Low Countries around the beginning of the 17th century. Equations are sometimes presented in the form that Einstein initially used, and other times in more modern notation, and sometimes the variable names will change from one section to the next.


And I actually suspect that once we finally discover the TOE Einstein will be vindicated – I expect it to be be much more similar to what he envisioned then what many of those who like to bash him work on. I know what you’re thinking. The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The ordering of the subtitle is very deliberate, and accurate. It is probably to no one’s surprise that it required a capable physicist in his own right Pais to reveal the historical genius of Einstein’s work.

Tina found them a place to hide, but despite Pais’s urgent pleas for them to take advantage of it, they did not think it necessary. I was looking forward to reading about his involvement in the development of the atom bomb, but came to learn that all he did was write a letter urging the US to get to work on it. Walked alone he did for the last three decades of his life in the pursuit of unified field theory, a theory which paved the foundation for modern theories aiming to unite all the forces of Nature.

The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein. To ask other readers questions about Subtle Is the Lordplease sign up.

Rosenfeld approved of his appointment and arrived at Utrecht in September and Pais began working on his doctoral dissertation. Maybe re-read it and then maybe my understanding of science and maths would have improved. So I could not have read the book, but I did. OK, you probably need to be a physicist or a mathematician to really understand the technical detail, because this is quite definitely a history of the intellectual development of Einstein rather than a personal biography.

An excellent book, a one of a kind biography of Einstein. Pais worked feverishly to complete his dissertation and meet other requirements for his doctorate. Roger Penrose himself is a physicist of lorr rapport. Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. During the last 50 years no one managed to add anything significant to his contributions – not even you Chad.

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‘Subtle is the Lord ‘: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein – IOPscience

This one led to the Nobel Prize and was completed on March The author does justice in focusing on contribution of many other scientists those who had very crucial contribution in raising apt and subtle questions that led to revolutionary ideas in physics. When the Germans began forcing the Dutch Jews into a ghetto in the old Jewish quarter of Amsterdamhis sister Annie and her husband Hermann complied.


In the late s Pais became interested in documenting the history of modern physics. To his credit, the author makes clear in the introduction that the purpose of the book is to cover Einstein’s work, and he even highlights in the contents the very few sections in the book which deal with Einstein’s life rather than work.

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I did not care for some aspeccts of Pais’ writing style, and I would have prefered a “popular” introduction to or summary of each concept. The first paper on Special Relativity, received June Pais did not trust that and instead went into hiding. Tina had found refuge for Pais’s parents on a farm outside Amsterdam where they survived the war.

Although being ix very well written and informative biography, the book is mostly oriented to Physics lovers and enthusiasts as the author spends a great amount of time talking about physics and explaining the deductions, etc. Winners, the blue ribbon encyclopedia of awards. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Pais therefore lost his assistant professorship, though Rosenfeld secretly arranged for his successor to unofficially share the responsibilities and salary of the position with Pais. In he published Niels Bohr’s Times: This is the first book which deal comprehensively and in depth with Einstein’s science, both the successes and the failures. Retrieved 17 July Far more respectful of science – and the scientifically interested reader – than any of the other more superficial biographies of Einstein I’ve read On the other hand abrahzm delves into the science, the philosophy and the thinking of the man.