A provocative collection of letters to his longtime friend and translator that spans Einstein’s career and reveals the inner thoughts and daily life of a transformative genius
“Men are even more susceptible to suggestion than horses, and each period is dominated by a mood, with the result that most men fail to see the tyrant who rules over them.” —Albert Einstein, Princeton, April 10, 1938
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was born in Germany and became an
American citizen in 1934. A world-famous theoretical physicist, he
was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics and is renowned for
his Theory of Relativity. In addition to his scientific work,
Einstein was an influential humanist who spoke widely about
politics, ethics, and social causes. After leaving Europe, Einstein
taught at Princeton University. His theories were instrumental in
shaping the atomic age.
Neil Berger, an associate professor emeritus of mathematics, taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science department from 1968 until his retirement in 2001. He was the recipient of the first Monroe H. Martin Prize (1975), which is now awarded by the University of Maryland every five years for a singly authored outstanding applied mathematics research paper. He has published numerous papers and reviews in his fields of expertise, which include elasticity, tensor analysis, scattering theory, and fluid mechanics.