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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (Oct. 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691138176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691138176
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.4 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
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"[The Ultimate Quotable Einstein] is a compelling selection. . . . Students of Einstein's work and life, who are familiar with these contexts, can find many embellishments to their research, and often puzzling contrary notes to customary portrayals of his stance on issues ranging from Zionism to domestic life."--Choice

About the Author

Alice Calaprice is a renowned expert on Albert Einstein and was a longtime senior editor at Princeton University Press. She has worked with the "Collected Papers of Albert Einstein" since the founding of the project, has copyedited and overseen the production of all the volumes, and administered the accompanying translation series with a grant from the National Science Foundation. She is the author of several popular books on Einstein and was a recipient of the Literary Market Places award for individual achievement in scholarly editing.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa01e9990) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa051f5dc) out of 5 stars Einstein - the scientist and the man Feb. 20 2011
By L. Edward Sizemore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Ultimate Quotable Einstein
Princeton University Press, 2011.
Edited by Alice Calaprice
578 pages

By L. Edward Sizemore
For the Denton Record-Chronicle

The Ultimate Quotable Einstein is neither novel nor reference work. It is the sort of delightful book that one dips into here and there, from time to time, for the simple pleasure of doing so.

Calaprice arranges the material in 23 topical chapters, each dealing with a particular subject, such as death, education, Jews and Judaism, music, and Science and Scientists, to name but a few.

Of special interest are the final chapters. There is a longish chapter on miscellaneous topics, followed by a chapter of Einstein's poetry, as well as quotes attributed to Einstein -- some rather questionable. The concluding chapter has quotes about Einstein by others.

The beauty of this book is that it allows us to see Einstein the man, as well as Einstein the scientist. He was, for example, essentially Jewish, though not observant. In a later chapter, we see Einstein as an international advocate of peace. One marvels to see that Einstein, arguably the greatest scientist of all time, was also a human being, subject to the same frailties that bedevil us all.

This small-format book contains a wealth of material for anyone interested in the man and his work. For that matter, for anyone who knows the pleasure of dipping in here and there.

L. EDWARD SIZEMORE is a book lover from McKinney. His reviews have appeared in The Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record-Chronicle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f23768) out of 5 stars An outstanding work Sept. 8 2011
By Eric Lee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This collection of Einstein's own words is very comprehensive in its choice of subjects. I particularly like the chapter on philosophy. It is also reliable, as the editor is an expert on Einstein and in my opinion she has made a serious effort at ensuring accuracy. References to every quote are clearly cited. Most of the quotes come from primary sources, with few taken from biographies.

I can think of no better introduction to Einstein's science and thought than this marvelous book. It is regrettable that the editor has decided to make this the final edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02bc420) out of 5 stars Yes, he said it. Jan. 20 2013
By Palle E T Jorgensen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Quotations by Einstein are ubiquitous. We all come across them on the internet, in discussion boards, or in their many uses and abuses.
The book is handy, and reliable, in case you might want to check if Einstein really said it.

An extra bonus in Freeman Dyson's lovely sendoff.
In it Dyson offers an intriguing and unique insight to Einstein's letters, and Helen (one of Einstein's executors) who maintained the large Einstein archive. Einstein at his death donated it to the Hebrew University in Israel, and Dyson recalls a cold and snowy night when the archives were crated and shipped from the Institute in Princeton to Jerusalem.
It was a few weeks before Helen died, like it was a premonition.

Dyson wrote about it beautifully in the foreword to this book with Einstein quotations.
You can see most of it in the Look Inside feature on the amazon product page.
The Foreword is also where Dyson wrote about how Helen was babysitting the Dyson children long ago.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03c0540) out of 5 stars For all Einstein fans Nov. 18 2014
By Irfan A. Alvi - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This a comprehensive collection of quotations by Einstein, along with some quotations about him, filling almost 600 pages (I read all of them). The quotations have been carefully selected and authenticated, which makes this collection perhaps the most authoritative available source for Einstein quotations.

The topics of course cover physics, but they also range into philosophy, and extend further into religion, politics, and much else. I think this range of topics shows the dual nature of Einstein, a man who valued solitary investigation into the nature of the universe, but was also willing and able to passionately engage in the social world.

I've read a few biographies about Einstein, but hearing him speak in his own words offers a different and valuable perspective which is essential if you really want to get to know what kind of person he was. I think you'll find confirmation that he was indeed a uniquely profound genius whose towering reputation is entirely warranted, while also being subject to the imperfections and limitations which are inherent in being human.
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HASH(0xa05e2d2c) out of 5 stars A Great Book Aug. 2 2013
By Georges Melki - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For all those who are interested in the life and thoughts of the greatest physicist of the 20th century, I believe this is a must read. Not only does it serve as a compendium of Einstein quotes, it is also useful in debunking many apocryphal sayings attributed to Einstein, the most famous of which being the one about astrology! Also of importance are his quotes about God and religion, which prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Einstein did not believe in a personal God: Einstein's God is the God of Spinoza, i.e. the Universe itself...Of course, this book cannot possibly be comprehensive, and many opinions of Einstein could have been missed. One of them is this wonderful confirmation of Einstein's ascetic tendencies: "There is absolutely nothing, person or thing, without which I could not do at a moment's notice" (To Hedi Born, wife of physicist Max Born. Source: My Life, by Max Born).
This being said, I believe Alice Calaprice has done a wonderful job writing this book, and I highly recommend it.
Note- It's also available as an eBook for Kindle Fire, which is the version I own.