Monday, July 06, 2009

Five best books that compare Einstein with others

Walter Isaacson is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (April 2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

In 2005, for the Wall Street Journal, he named a five best list of books that "compare Einstein with other great minds."

One title on the list:
"A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein" by Palle Yourgrau (Basic Books, 2005).

Along with Rebecca Goldstein's fine biography, "Incompleteness," Mr. Yourgrau's book should revive interest in the tantalizing logician Kurt Gödel. It also shows how these two men, who each enjoyed the way the other's mind worked, formed a late-life friendship that led Gödel to extend Einstein's theory of time to--and perhaps past--its logical implications.
Read about another book on Isaacson's list.

--Marshal Zeringue