Albert Einstein was a remarkable man.  His theories of relativity and quantum mechanics transformed our understanding of our universe.  His face is one of the most recognizable faces on the planet and the name Einstein has become synonymous with brilliance.  He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Century, as the most influential person of the 20th century.

Certainly he was brilliant but his most notable traits may have been imagination and creativity. He was not at all restricted by current thinking; he loved to go against the status quo.

His private life was difficult.  He could be aloof and even hurtful to those closest to him.  To people in general, he could be kind and compassionate.

He opposed tyranny is all of its forms, and being Jewish, it was especially critical for Einstein to flee Hitler’s Germany.  He consistently espoused tolerance and individual freedom.


I do not consider this a great biography.  For the non-scientist, it can be tedious at times with scientific theory.  However, Albert Einstein is such a towering figure that it is worthwhile to better understand his life and contribution.