Albert Einstein

Off the Net: Books on Einstein

Compiled by David Cassidy [updated March 2007]

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Books for Elementary and Middle-School Students

Elementary School Student Books

Calaprice, Alice, ed. Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2002.

Heinrichs, Ann. Albert Einstein. Milwaukee: World Almanac Library, 2002.

Wishinsky, Frieda. Albert Einstein. London: DK Children, 2005.

Middle School Student Books

Stannard, Russell. Black Holes and Uncle Albert. London: Faber and Faber, 1991.

Stannard, Russell. The Time and Space of Uncle Albert. London: Faber and Faber, 1989.

Stannard, Russell. Uncle Albert and the Quantum Quest. London: Faber and Faber, 1995.

Wishinsky, Frieda. What's the Matter with Albert? A Story of Albert Einstein. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2002.

Books for a General Audience

Mainly Biographical   BACK TO TOP

Isaacson, Walter. Einstein: His Life and Universe. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.

Neffe, Jürgen. Einstein: A Biography. Shelley Frisch, transl. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007.

F�lsing, Albrecht. Albert Einstein: A Biography. Ewald Osers, transl. New York: Viking, 1997. *The most complete and up-to-date biography (except for the science).


Mainly Science   BACK TO TOP

Bernstein, Jeremy. Secrets of the Old One: Einstein, 1905. New York: Copernicus Books, 2006

Bodanis, David. E=mc� : A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. New York: Walker, 2000.

Gribbin, Mary, and John Gribbin. Annus Mirabilis: 1905, Albert Einstein, and the Theory of Relativity. New York: Chamberlain Brothers, 2005.

Kaku, Michio. Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time. New York: Atlas Books, 2004.

Rigden, John. Einstein 1905. The Standard of Greatness. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.


Cahn, William. Einstein: A Pictorial Biography. New York: Citadel Press, 1955.

Sugimoto, Kenji. Albert Einstein: A Photographic Biography. New York: Schocken Books, 1989.

Warnow, Joan N., and the American Institute of Physics. Images of Einstein: A Catalog . New York: American Institute of Physics, 1979.

And see

Einstein In His Own Words

Albert Einstein: The Human Side. New Glimpses from His Archives.  Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.

Autobiographical Notes.  Paul Arthur Schlipp, ed.  LaSalle, Ill.: Open Court, 1979.

Einstein on Peace.  Otto Nathan and Heinz Norden, eds. New York: Schocken Books, 1960. 

Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, War, Peace, and the Bomb.  David E. Rowe and Robert Schulmann, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

The Evolution of Physics: The Growth of Ideas from Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta (with Leopold Infeld). New York: Simon and Schuster, 1938. * A very readable yet often overlooked nontechnical summary of the physics and its origins.

The Expanded Quotable Einstein.  Alice Calaprice and Freeman J. Dyson, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press,  2000. *Find out if he really said that, and where.

Ideas and Opinions. Sonja Bargmann, new transl. New York: Modern Library, 1994.

Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher and Man Portrayed through His Own Words. New York: Wings Books of Random House, 1993.

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory. Robert W. Lawson, transl. New York: Pi Press, 2005. Introduction by Roger Penrose, commentary by Robert Geroch and David C. Cassidy. *Challenging.

The World As I See It. New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1991.

Books for Deeper Study

Einstein's Scientific Papers   BACK TO TOP

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. Multiple volumes, John Stachel et al., eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987-. *Einstein's complete writings in the original languages with scholarly annotation in English. Project still in progress.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein [English translation]. Multiple volumes, Anna Beck, transl., Peter Havas, consultant. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987-. *"Pony" translation of the papers, without the scholarly annotation.

Einstein's Miraculous Year : Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics. John Stachel, ed., assisted by Trevor Lipscombe, Alice Calaprice, and Sam Elworthy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. *The great 1905 papers, translated and explained.

Investigations on the Theory of the Brownian Movement. R. F�rth, ed., A. D. Cowper, transl. New York: Dover Publications, 1956. *The papers on Brownian motion, translated and annotated.

Selected Correspondence: Einstein and...

Besso, Michele. Correspondance 1903-1955. German with parallel French translation by Pierre Speziali. Paris: Hermann, 1972.

Born, Hedwig and Max. The Born-Einstein Letters. Irene Born, transl., Max Born, commentary. London: Macmillan Press, 1971. For the complete original see: Briefwechsel 1916-1955. Munich: Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung, 1969.

Freud, Sigmund. Why War? Chicago: Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 1978.

Maric', Mileva. The Love Letters. J�rgen Renn and Robert Schulmann, eds., Shawn Smith, transl. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. *Technical as well as personal contents.

Schr�dinger, Planck, Lorentz. Letters on Wave Mechanics. Karl Przibram, ed., Martin J. Klein, transl. New York: Philosophical Library, 1967.

Sommerfeld, Arnold. Briefwechsel : 60 Briefe aus dem goldenen Zeitalter der modernen Physik . Armin Hermann, ed. Basel: Schwabe, 1968.

Monographs by Scholars

Cassidy, David C. Einstein and Our World. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2005.

Feynman, Richard.  Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1997.

Fine, Arthur.  The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism, and the Quantum Theory. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996. * Philosophical aspects of quantum mechanics.

Galison, Peter. Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of Time. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.

Goldberg, Stanley. Understanding Relativity: Origin and Impact of a Scientific Revolution. Cambridge, Mass.: Birkhäuser, 1984.

Holton, Gerald. Einstein, History, and Other Passions: The Rebellion Against Science at the End of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.  *Essays by the author on Einstein and related topics.

Jammer, Max.  Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.
Kerszberg, Pierre. The Invented Universe: The Einstein-De Sitter Controversy (1916-17) and the Rise of Relativistic Cosmology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Kuhn, Thomas. Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.   *An important but highly technical study, arguing Einstein’s central contribution to the origins of quantum theory.

Miller, Arthur I. Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity: Emergence (1905) and Early Interpretation, 1905-1911. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1998.

Miller, Arthur I.  Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc.  New York : Basic Books, 2001.

Pais, Abraham. Subtle is the Lord...: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Pyenson, Lewis. The Young Einstein: The Advent of Relativity. Boston: Adam Hilger, 1985.

Stachel, John.  Einstein from "B" to "Z". Boston: Birkhäuser, 2002.  Essays on Einstein.

Whitaker, Andrew.  Einstein, Bohr, and the Quantum Dilemma.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Selected Multi-Author Collections

Earman, John et al., eds. The Attraction of Gravitation: New Studies in the History of General Relativity.  Boston: Birkhäuser, 1993.

Eisenstaedt, Jean and A. J. Kox, eds. Studies in the History of General Relativity. Boston: Birkhäuser, 1992.

French, A. P., ed.  Einstein: A Centenary Volume.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979. *Fine illustrations and essays.

Holton, Gerald and Yehuda Elkana, eds. Albert Einstein, Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Centennial Symposium in Jerusalem. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982. *An outstanding collection of essays.

Howard, Don and John Stachel, eds.  Einstein: The Formative Years, 1879-1909.
Boston : Birkhäuser, 2000.

Ryan, Dennis P., ed.  Einstein and the Humanities. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. *A unique collection of essays about Einstein’s influence on the humanities.

Schilpp, Paul Arthur, ed.  Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. 2 vols. La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 1949/1969. *A classic collection of essays by leading figures.


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