On “Einstein” by Isaacson

Albert Einstein has been the subject of a number of biographies; Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs and Jennifer Doudna, wrote an updated account of the famous physicists’ life in 2007 that steers clear of hero-worship but is generous in his accounting. He describes the unlikely and fascinating arc of Einstein’s life from a young Jew born in Swabia, in southwestern Germany, to a celebrity scientist by the time he was in his forties…