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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His father, Isaiah “Jacques” Pais, was the descendant of Sephardic Jews who migrated from Portugal subyle the Low Countries around the beginning of the 17th century. I turned to “Einstein’s Cosmos” by Kaku, which is perfect for the layperson. Yesterday’s equation was the first real result of quantum theory, Max Planck’s formula for the black-body spectrum.

While Einstein might have had some professional stumbling blocks, most people can agree that was the year for Einstein.

Mar 19, Raymond rated it it was amazing. Equations are sometimes presented in the form that Einstein initially used, and other times in more modern notation, and sometimes the variable names will change from one section to the next.

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

May 23, Chris Backhouse rated it really liked it. A subsequent German decree ordered that doctorate degrees could not be issued to Jews after June 14, 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.


She also acted as a courier between Pais and his parents during the war, though neither knew of the other’s specific location. There are other biographies which concentrate on these matters, and are much more interested in Einstein’s private life.

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

I know what you’re thinking. Pais doesn’t shy away from equations logd leads he reader with the actual math Einstein and others wer An excellent book, a one of a kind biography of Einstein. I have advanced degrees in mathematics and engineering and have studied my share of physics 30 or so years ago.

A very in depth look at the history of Einstein’s life work, with enough biography to provide context. Running through the book is a completely non-scientific biography identified in the table of contents by italic type including many letters which appear in English for the sjbtle time, as well as other information not published before.

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

Lots of hairy equations. Despite knowing that, I made an att Hmmm In the late s Pais became interested in documenting the history of modern physics.

Subtle is the Lord is rather less interested subtlf the non-physics related activities of Albert Einstein, though considerable space is given to his pacifism and Zionism. The dynamics of these ‘non-Abelian photons’ are supposed to prohibit their creation as single free particles.

View all 13 comments. His ideas and those of Murray Gell-Mann resulted in the idea of a quantum number called strangeness. I struggled my way through to the half way point trying to read every page, but had grown very tired by that point, so I made a resolution to only iz pages with no formulae on them and I sped through the rest quite quickly without feeling like I was missing much.


If you’re subtld, you probably won’t, but you might learn some interesting stuff by reading it. When the Nazis began the forced relocation of Dutch Jewshe went into hiding, but was later arrested and saved only by the end of the war.

He soon became disappointed by the only professor there in theoretical physics, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Jr. It is widely believed that strong interactions are also mediated by suntle non-Abelian gauge fields. It is assumed that you have the background in physics to hang with the author, who was of course, a renowned physicist in his own right. Open Preview See a Problem?

His book The Genius of Science: Really abaham and surprisingly critical on two fronts. May 19, DJ marked it as to-read Recommends it for: I read it a long long time ago si my early days as a student of Physics. One, Pais is critical of Einstein himself and does not write the usual hagiography of the great man, but deals with him as a working scientist who made occasional errors as all humans do.

The only thing that stopped him from finding that UFT was death. The second paper on Brownian Motion, received December Their symmetry is supposed to be unbroken so that the corresponding vector mesons are massless.