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 agraham Einstein’s science, both the successes and the failures. During Pais’s childhood his father was an elementary schoolmaster, headmaster, and later the headmaster of the Sephardic Hebrew school.

Some believe that it is near and that supergravity will provide the answer. Pais was perhaps best known for his biography of Albert Einstein”Subtle is the Lord—”: I am in no way a physicist.

Really illuminating and qbraham critical on two fronts. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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

A fair knowledge of physics is necessary to read this, but reading a biography of Einstein which doesn’t convey the work that he did is much less interesting to those who have such a knowledge. He finished his career there as the Detlev W.

Current expectations are that such mesons will be observed within the decade. Planck never abgaham liked the quantum basis of it, though, and preferred to think of it as just a calculational trick.

Infollowing the war, Pais was able to accept that invitation and served as a personal assistant to Bohr at his country home in Tisvilde for a year.


Though he had a great curiosity that led him all throughout the field of physics, around the world, and in and out of international politics and music, he also had the focus to continually return to the same problems from slightly different angles and levels of maturity.

The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein. This book is not for the faint of heart, it takes dedication and patience to work through.

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

In this new major work Abraham Pais, himself an eminent physicist who worked alongside Einstein in hhe post-war years, traces the development of Einstein’s On the other hand he delves into the science, the philosophy and the thinking of the man. In November the German authorities issued a decree banning Jews from all civil service positions, including academic posts.

His Life and Universe are the 3 works lorv interested in a seminal period in science history should possess. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Although we realize ie need of revising his extremely elegant theories owing to the concepts of high gravitational field regime like singularities in black holes, his zeal for the unified theory still stays put.

View all 13 comments. A subsequent German decree ordered that abdaham degrees could not be issued to Jews after June 14, He published six papers that year, with one of them gaining him the Nobel Prize and the others firmly planting him in the upper echelons of physicists.

Aug 15, Michael McEllin rated it it was amazing. American Journal of Physics. In my scant readings of the comprehensible parts of 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 loord.

His work brought him into close professional, and personal, contact with the 20th century’s leading physicists – Dirac, Pauli, Gell-Man, and Einstein. This isn’t abfaham a biography of Einstein, more a biography of his scientific output.


Jeanne and Trusha had blond hair and blue eyes and ventured out in public as non-Jews, while Lion and Pais hid in the apartment.

And its assessment of some of the science doesn’t quite fit with the modern view.

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. Rosenfeld approved of his appointment and arrived at Utrecht in September and Pais began working on his doctoral dissertation.

In the fall of Pais began his studies at the University of Amsterdam without a clear idea regarding his desired career. 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 usbtle seeking to derive the theories using both past advances and indeptedant thought. According to Pais’ interpretation, Einstein’s opposition to the quantum mechanics arose precisely because he was the first person to fully appreciate usbtle how strange and revolutionary quantum physics actually is.

Pais was forced into hiding before he could leave the Netherlands. People seriously interested in the history of science. This book is an intensely thorough scientific biography of Einstein and is tje a great joy to any physicist interested watching the great man work. For a long time and even today it is considered to be among the best biographies of Einstein. Mar 06, Simon Mcleish rated it paia was amazing.