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A Biography

Separating man from genius, Einstein offers a startling new portrait of the iconic physicist. Wild-haired eccentric, revolutionary scientist, peace activist, Albert Einstein is well established in the popular imagination. He is celebrated for his contributions to our understanding of the cosmos, and his personal life—particularly his troubled relationship with his family and his numerous affairs with women—continues to generate controversy.

Jürgen Neffe takes a completely new approach to Einstein, giving readers an intimate look at Einstein’s life and work. He debunks popular stereotypes and explains Einstein’s scientific achievements in clear and accessible prose. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, including a series of letters from Einstein to his sons, Neffe presents a rich psychological portrait of a man whose character has too often been lost in the bright glow of celebrity.

About the Authors

Jürgen Neffe holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Aachen University and is a recipient of the Egon Erwin Kisch Award, the most prestigious award for print journalism in Germany.


"[Einstein's] are some of the most powerful ideas in all of science... Neffe does an especially thorough job tracing their origins in Einstein's early obsessions, and he shows how completely the latest cosmic theories are constructed atop the general theory of relativity."

- New York Times Book Review

"You would never know you were reading a translation. Converted into evocative, idiomatic English by Shelley Frisch, the book abandons the traditional chronological framework to make oblique swipes across Einstein's timeline—like those bullets flying through a train."

- Los Angeles Times

"Coupling insights into Einstein's character with clear descriptions of the physicist's groundbreaking research, Neffe creates a fascinating portrait of... one of the most intriguing figures of the 20th century."

- Publishers Weekly

"Neffe's biography reads more like an American novel. The language is fresh and lively—a nod to Neffe's English translator, Shelley Frisch."

- San Diego Union-Tribune

"A comprehensive, sympathetic, and very readable portrait of the man, the celebrity, the scientist, and the theories that transformed physics and the modern world... Stellar research and prose combine in a splendid biography of physics' most luminous supernova."

- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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