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.


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."