Albert Einstein

Catching up with the mind that moved faster than light.



Subtle is the Lord

By Abraham Pais


To write what many call the definitive biography of a man who changed the world in many ways, the late Pais had total freedom to use the Einstein Archives as well as the help of Einstein's former private secretary, Helen Dukas. His diligent, intensive research resulted in this marvelous book.




Einstein for Beginners

By Joseph Schwartz and Michael McGuinness


Have no idea what the Theory of Relativity is? Schwartz and McGuinness propose a whirlwind trip through time and space to help you grasp the basics. Along the way, this irreverent introduction offers the inside scoop on how Einstein came to be the man he was, who helped and hindered him along his way, and just how he happened to marry his cousin.




Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

By Michael Paterniti


When Einstein's body was autopsied in 1955, the doctor who performed the examination simply took his brain home to "study further." Paterniti picks up the brain and octogenarian doctor in New Jersey in a Buick Skylark and adventures across America to Einstein's granddaughter. The road trip inspires both hilarity and surprising reflections on Einstein's legacy.




Einstein: His Life and Universe

By Walter Isaacson


Isaacson, who has also chronicled the lives of Henry Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin, chronicles the man behind the myth, the one who couldn't find himself a teaching job and found himself in a tough marriage. How did he end up changing the world? Isaacson digs deep to tell the tale.





The Elegant Universe 

By Brian Greene


Physics may not have been your best class in high school, but physicist Greene clearly and entertainingly explains string theory and all its implications by serving up everyday situations (amusement-park rides) and playful examples (ants on a hose) to illustrate. Einstein would be proud.


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The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.