“Bodanis is a lot like Einstein—minus the great mistake. Both see fun in physics, both love simplicity and brevity.”—The Times (UK)
“Highly entertaining…This book should be required reading.”—Astronomy Magazine
“A thoroughly engaging and illuminating read.”—Shelf Awareness
Named “Science Book of the Year” by the Sunday Times (UK)
Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life, he was ignored by most working scientists, and his ideas were opposed by even his closest friends. How did this happen?
In Einstein’s Greatest Mistake, best-selling biographer David Bodanis shows how Einstein’s imagination, self-confidence, and astonishing early successes paved the way for his greatest failure: his inability to accept the truth of quantum physics, one of the most significant scientific discoveries of his age. An intimate biography in which “theories of the universe morph into theories of life” (The Times), Einstein’s Greatest Mistake reveals what we owe Einstein today, and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws.