Book ID: CBB457502621

Einstein in Bohemia (2020)


Gordin, Michael D. (Author)

Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 360
Language: English

A finely drawn portrait of Einstein's sixteen months in PragueIn the spring of 1911, Albert Einstein moved with his wife and two sons to Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he accepted a post as a professor of theoretical physics. Though he intended to make Prague his home, he lived there for just sixteen months, an interlude that his biographies typically dismiss as a brief and inconsequential episode. Einstein in Bohemia is a spellbinding portrait of the city that touched Einstein's life in unexpected ways―and of the gifted young scientist who left his mark on the science, literature, and politics of Prague.Michael Gordin's narrative is a masterfully crafted account of a person encountering a particular place at a specific moment in time. Despite being heir to almost a millennium of history, Einstein's Prague was a relatively marginal city within the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire. Yet Prague, its history, and its multifaceted culture changed the trajectories of Einstein's personal and scientific life. It was here that his marriage unraveled, where he first began thinking seriously about his Jewish identity, and where he embarked on the project of general relativity. Prague was also where he formed lasting friendships with novelist Max Brod, Zionist intellectual Hugo Bergmann, physicist Philipp Frank, and other important figures.Einstein in Bohemia sheds light on this transformative period of Einstein's life and career, and brings vividly to life a beguiling city in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Review Naomi Pasachoff (2021) Review of "Einstein in Bohemia". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 203-206). unapi

Review Sander L. Gilman (2021) Review of "Einstein in Bohemia". American Historical Review (p. 1336). unapi

Review M. Norton Wise (2021) Review of "Einstein in Bohemia". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 203-204). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Siems, Peter L.
Rispens, Sybe Izaak
Bernstein, Jeremy
Seebacher, Felicitas
Neffe, Jürgen
Frisch, Shelley
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Physics in Perspective
Science in Context
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Princeton University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Copernicus Books
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Text. Verlag.
Science and society
Jewish civilization and culture
Science and politics
Einstein, Albert
Peithner, Johann Thaddäus Anton
Grossmann, Marcel
Dyson, Frank Watson
Eddington, Arthur Stanley
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
20th century
Prague (Czechia)
Berlin (Germany)
Universität Wien
Univerzita Karlova
Universiteit Leiden

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