By Philipp Frank
A lot has been written approximately Albert Einstein, technical and biographical, yet little or no is still as worthwhile as this certain hybrid of a publication written by way of Einstein’s colleague and modern. either wealthy in own insights and down to earth in a deep wisdom of twentieth-century technology, Phillip Frank's biography anchors the reader with a lucid evaluation of physics and attracts an intimate portrait of the Nobel Prize winner.
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