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Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius


Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his ground-breaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious misconceptions in physics to blatant errors in mathematics. For instance, Einstein's first theoretical proof of the famous formula E = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for many years, but he never found a complete proof (better mathematicians did). In this provocative forensic biography, Hans C. Ohanian dissects this and other mistakes and places them in the context of Einstein's turbulent life and times. Einstein was often navigating in a fog of irrational and mystical inspirations, but his profound intuition about physics permitted him to reach his goal despite—and sometimes because of—the mistakes he made along the way. Einstein's uncanny ability to use his mistakes subconsciously as stepping stones toward his revolutionary theories was one hallmark of his genius.

Title:Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages

    Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius Reviews

  • Emily
    May 21, 2012

    Albert Einstein was a genius. Time after time, he made theoretical leaps and discoveries that were decades ahead of the work his contemporaries were doing. He also made some colossal, amazingly bone-h...

  • Mark
    Apr 02, 2011

    Based on the description, I was excited to read this book because I thought it was going to focus on Einstein's thought process. Wouldn't that be great -- not just a description of the final form of E...

  • Georgia Hedrick
    Jan 05, 2010

    Someone else, read this and tell me if you love it as much as I do....

  • Converse
    Jul 25, 2010

    Einstein succeeded not merely in spite of, but sometimes because of his mistakes. The fruitful mistakes were mainly conceptual rather than mathematical ones. For example, in formulating special relat...

  • Lealdo
    Feb 11, 2016

    O autor escreve de maneira juvenil, no pior do sentidos. No entanto, para alguém cujos conhecimentos de física basicamente param na porta do séc. XX, como eu, podem ser algumas centenas de páginas...

  • J. D.
    Dec 27, 2014

    A very interesting history of Einsteins intellectual endeavors. I came away appreciating that an important source of his genius was his intuition. His mathematical talent was apparently good, but not ...

  • Captain Nemo
    Apr 12, 2012

    I enjoyed it, but bogged down around page 300.Its still on my pile to be finished, but now on those nights when I can't sleep because of some problem of the day which I keep replaying, then I turn on ...

  • Bookmarks Magazine
    Jan 08, 2009

    In Einstein...

  • Sabit
    Feb 03, 2016

    Nje nga librat me interesant qe kam lexuar per Einstein-in. Tani kam filluar ne detaje t'a percjelli mitin dhe mitet mbi njerezit me epitete....

  • Pat
    Oct 12, 2008

    I didn't read the jacket. Not my cup of tea....