Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist

Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist

by Andrew Robinson


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The first account of the role Britain played in Einstein's life—first by inspiring his teenage passion for physics, then by providing refuge from the Nazis

In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go ‘"on the run"?
In this lively account, Andrew Robinson tells the story of the world’s greatest scientist and Britain for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect refuge for Einstein from rumored assassination by Nazi agents. Young Einstein’s passion for British physics, epitomized by Newton, had sparked his scientific development around 1900. British astronomers had confirmed his general theory of relativity, making him internationally famous in 1919. Welcomed by the British people, who helped him campaign against Nazi anti-Semitism, he even intended to become a British citizen. So why did Einstein then leave Britain, never to return to Europe?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300234763
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 1,120,457
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Robinson has written more than twenty-five books, including Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity, The Last Man Who Knew Everything, and Genius: A Very Short Introduction. He also contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiv

Prologue A Wanderer on the Face of the Earth 1

1 The Happiest Thought of My Life 9

2 Hats Off to the Fellows! From a Swiss Jew 43

3 A Stinking Flower in a German Buttonhole 85

4 God Does Not Play Dice with the Universe 119

5 A Barbarian among the Holy Brotherhood in Tails 145

6 The Reality of Nature and the Nature of Reality 189

7 On the Run 223

8 I Vill a Little T'ink 273

Epilogue An Old Gypsy in a Quaint and Ceremonious Village 305

Notes and References 320

Bibliography 335

Index 341

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