In the Footsteps of a Genius
Lured by a top academic position sponsored by the Prussian Academy of Sciences, Albert Einstein moved from Zurich to Berlin in 1914 and lived there until 1932, just weeks before Hitler became chancellor of Germany. During this fraught economic and political time, Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, gained worldwide fame, supported democratic, socialist, pacifist, and Zionist causes, and withstood the growing ire of ultranationalists.
Naturally, he became entwined in a network of people and places throughout the city. With a foreword by Nobel Prize winner Walter Kohn, Einstein's Berlin combines narrative, maps, and period photographs to tell this story in the form of a sophisticated, annotated city guide, allowing readers and travelers to follow the physicist’s footsteps throughout Berlin. Dieter Hoffmann conveys how Einstein’s life and work were linked to the scientific and social life of the city and inspires the reader to explore the places where he made his mark.
About the Author
Born and raised in Berlin, Dieter Hoffmann is a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
This is a wonderful guidebook for the intellectual tourist deeply interested in Einstein. Nothing this detailed exists, and it is a wonderful complement to the literature on Einstein. The scholarship is superb and the information is absolutely fascinating.
Einstein's Berlin will certainly interest readers curious about the life of this important scientist.
This is an engaging book that provides a concise tour of a lesser-known Berlin sprinkled with facts about one of the greatest scientific minds of the last century. It utilizes a variety of primary sources, including archival texts and extended quotations from Einstein. It also features a wealth of images that allow the reader to visualize the architecture, interiors, and personalities of Einstein's Berlin. Furthermore, it is well translated and clearly written.
Hoffman's book provides a detailed, engaged, and competent source of information on Einstein's years in Berlin and succeeds in its aim...
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