Subtle Is the Lord has ratings and 29 reviews. Manny said: In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einst. In this new major work Abraham Pais, himself an eminent physicist who Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein: The Science and the. The APS now gives out an Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, idea of how influential his work was, in particular “Subtle Is the Lord.

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As long as gravity and EM remain not unified it is silly at best to call Einstein later efforts awkward. Books by Abraham Pais.

All he did was say that Maxwell’s equations are fundamental and hence must be true in any inertial coordinate sybtle. Facts on File Inc.

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His son Josh Pais is an American actor. Terms like Brownian motion, blackbody radiation, and covariance are not defined in the text. During Pais’s childhood his father was an elementary schoolmaster, headmaster, and later the headmaster of the Sephardic Hebrew school.

When the Germans began forcing the Dutch Jews into a ghetto in the old Jewish quarter of Amsterdamhis sister Annie and her husband Hermann complied. Pais doesn’t shy away from equations and leads he reader with the actual math Einstein and others wer An excellent book, a one of a kind biography of Einstein. This is an active field of research in theoretical physics of our present time to search for a theory that unifies the quantum and the classical domains.


I read the material about special relativity slow enough to grasp most of it and to be able to explain it to others in laymen’s terms. Abrahham 17, Erik rated it it was amazing. In my scant readings of the comprehensible parts xbraham this book, however, I did manage to learn a few interesting things about Einstein’s successes and failures that any aspiring scientist might take note of.

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Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein by Abraham Pais

Feb 19, Mohan rated it it was amazing. On the other hand he delves into the science, the philosophy and the thinking of the man.

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tina had found refuge for Pais’s parents on a farm outside Amsterdam where they survived the war.

Clear, perspicacious, and rigorous, Pais does one of the greatest minds in human history a great service. Today in Science In the late s Pais became interested in documenting the history of modern physics.

For such a change, Einstein the scientist surely suffered at the expense of Einstein the human being. Walked alone he did for the last three decades of his life in the pursuit of unified field theory, a theory which paved the foundation for modern theories aiming to unite all the forces of Nature.

Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

As for general relativity, I understood very little except that Einstein managed to solve the age old riddle of what caused gravity and predicted a few other related phenomena, such as the bending abrqham light around the sun, which were later confirmed to great fanfare. Since the death of Albert Einstein in there have been many books and articles written about the man and a number of attempts to “explain” relativity.


abfaham Pais successfully passed the examination for his master’s degree on April 22, This is the first book which deal comprehensively and in depth with Einstein’s science, both the successes and the failures. For a layperson, these parts are sometimes very interesting and sometimes unintelligible. No trivia or quizzes yet.

This one led to the Nobel Prize and was completed on March I’m probably going to put it off a little in order to read more on the science side first, but I do plan to read it. Pais is not uncritical of Einstein. If the Equivalence Principle – all bodies vacuum free fall identically – has an exception, then all gravitation theories metric and quantum save one are selectively falsified by a footnote.

He became well-acquainted with Hendrik Casimira physics professor at Leiden University who lectured at Utrecht twice a week on quantum physics.