“Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson. Finished reading 29 Sep 2008. 2/5 stars.
This was not a bad read if you are interested in the recently discovered details of Einstein's sometimes troubled family life, or his later philosophising on socialism and pacifism. However the science of Einstein is treated in this book on a level which is not useful for either the physicist or the novice.
Einstein's immortal scientific legacy was secure by the time he was 40 years old, maybe even 25 years old. Yet the science is treated so superficially, that the chapter 'Einstein's Universe' which describes his astounding insights and experimental confirmation of general relativity, covers a mere 13 pages out of a 650 page book. Yet, in that short span, the science is described with jargon laced talking points that will only confuse the lay-reader.
This book does a serviceable job of describing Einstein's life and times, but for a good read on his science, I rather recommend Abraham Pais' Subtle is the Lord. The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein.”