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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This is the first book which deal comprehensively and in depth with Einstein’s science, both the successes and the failures.

In contrast, after the developments inquantum pis went way past the idea that light was a photon gas. There’s also some paus about the formatting. One of the greatest geniuses of all time, who proposed the profoundly significant Theory of Relativity, believed in God!

The author does justice in focusing on contribution of many other scientists those who had very crucial contribution in raising apt and subtle questions that led to revolutionary ideas in physics. Terms like Brownian motion, blackbody radiation, and covariance are not defined in the text. His was the last Ph. Deslongchamp’s eight step synthesis: Pais earned his Ph.

InPais became a naturalized citizen of the United States. But all in all I enjoyed the book because it gave me an insight into the physics of the first half of last century and the nature of the genius behind the name “Albert Einstein”.

‘Subtle is the Lord … ‘: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

However, for someone who has barely touched science at school like me, at some point, I got lost. Pais worked feverishly to complete his dissertation and meet other requirements for his doctorate.

To see what your friends thought of wubtle book, please sign up. The problem was that experiments to test the theory were almost impossibly difficult until accelerators were developed in the s.

Don’t get me wrong: Pais was working on a biography of Robert Oppenheimer at the time of his death. The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Roger Penrose himself is ls physicist of great rapport. In he accepted a position at the Institute for Advanced Study in the United States and thus became a colleague of Albert Einstein. But very much worth the entire five stars. Conceptual developments of 20th century field theories.


Very nice, very detailled, very informative. After a month of interrogation by the Gestapo, Pais was released several days before the end of the war. His last hiding place was in an apartment with his university friend Lion Nordheim, his wife Jeanne, and her sister Trusha van Amerongen.

Pais soon wrote to Uhlenbeck at Utrecht and was granted an interview. Much of the physics was beyond me, although I learned a lot in reading it.

This biography is for physicists and for those who love physics. In November the German authorities issued a decree banning Jews from all civil service positions, including academic posts. Aug 20, Steve rated it it was amazing.

Subtle is the Lord As long as gravity and EM remain not unified it is silly at best to call Einstein later wubtle awkward. Most surprisingly for me, I learnt that, aside from relativity, Einstein made massive contributions to quantum physics, and that he spent a large part of his career on that issue and on trying to unify it with relativity. He passed his final examinations as number one in his class.

Yesterday’s equation was the first subttle result of quantum theory, Max Planck’s formula for the black-body spectrum. If you’re not, you probably won’t, but you might learn some interesting stuff by reading it. For instance, before Einstein published some papers that he felt were lacking once he discovered the works of Gibbs and Boltzmann.

The result, wether you understand all the math or not, is a deeper understanding of Einstein’s dedication to the pursuit of the greatest of miracles – the human mind’s ability to make sense out of nature.

Maintenance of Health Though famous for his vegetarian diet, Einstein loathed sports and avoided physical exercise. Although his greatest papers were independent works, Subtlr suspect his willingness to converse with others regardless of prestige expanded his mind greatly and likely gave him clues that assisted him on his quest for cosmic discovery.

Heisenberg moved it back into the properties of material particles.

This isn’t really a biography of Einstein, more a biography of his scientific output. And I actually suspect that once we finally discover the TOE Einstein will be vindicated – I expect it to be be much more similar to what he envisioned then what many of those who like to bash him work on.


Non-physicists need not apply.

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

It is probably to no one’s surprise that it required a capable physicist in his own right Pais to reveal the historical genius of Einstein’s work. To his credit, the author makes clear in the introduction that the purpose ths the book is to cover Einstein’s work, and he even highlights in the contents the very few sections in the book which deal with Einstein’s life rather than work.

At first Pais felt safe because his former university status exempted him from being sent to a labor camp. The rest of this review is In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einstein personally, sets out to write a comprehensive biography of the greatest scientist of modern times.

This attempt to be a little bit of two different things at the same time makes for an odd reading experience.

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I won’t pretend that I followed all the math, but I did gain an appreciation for the methods that were used both in mathmatics and seeking to derive the theories using both past advances and indeptedant thought. Pais therefore lost his assistant professorship, though Rosenfeld secretly arranged for his successor to unofficially share the responsibilities and salary of the position with Pais.

OK, you probably need to be a physicist or a mathematician to really understand the technical detail, because this is quite definitely a history of the intellectual development of Einstein rather than a personal biography.

Distraction Though as a younger man, Einstein eschewed teaching duties and did his best to free himself of distractions from his physics, in hist later years beginning in the she devoted a great deal of time to politics particularly pacifism and Zionismfundraising, and administrative work pertaining to various universities and societies and generally relinquished his style of intellectual focus and isolation.

This book is not for the faint of heart, it takes dedication and patience to work through. A portrait gallery Oxford University Press, contains biographies of seventeen distinguished physicists he had known personally: Views Read Edit View history.