March 14th was Albert Einstein’s birthday. He would have been 137 years old. Whether you’re a student of science or a student of philosophy, you know Albert Einstein. His name has become instantly associated with genius, and we all know one of his life’s biggest achievements: E = MC² There’s more to the scientist than numbers and theories, though. He was a man of deep thought, and fortunately he wrote a lot about his musings so we are left with many collections of his essays and articles today. Check out a few (or all) of these books to join us in celebrating one of the most brilliant men of our time:
1. Out of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
This collection of Einstein’s essays is one of the first, published in 1950. These various essays capture the man’s breadth of knowledge: from science to human emotions.
2. The Ultimate Quotable Einstein edited by Alice Caprice
Whether in paperback or hardcover, this volume feels weighty with 1600 of Einstein’s quotes.
3. Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children edited by Alice Caprice
Caprice, who also put together The Ultimate Quotable Einstein and many other books about the man, has compiled a list of over 60 letters that children wrote to Einstein, and his silly, enlightening, and endearing responses.
4. Albert Einstein, Mileva Maric: The Love Letters edited by Jürgen Renn and Robert Schulmann
For a different perspective on the renowned scientist, read the collection of letters between him and his first wife Mileva Maric, whom in married in 1903 despite objections from his parents. Learn about Einsten’s and Maric’s love, struggles, and their little known daughter, Lieserl.
5. Albert Einstein, the Human Side: New Glimpses from His Archives edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman
Published 22 years after Out Of My Later Years, this collection of essays has some articles and personal papers that had not yet been published. If you’re curious about Einstein the person, but not thrilled by physics, then this is the book for you.
6. The Cosmic View of Albert Einstein: Writings on Art, Science, and Peace by Walt Martin
This unique anthology of Einstein’s essays explores his views on nature, spirituality, and God. Complimented with beautiful illustrations of the universe, this is a book for any curious mind.
Are you more interested in Einstein’s thoughts on physics, or on spirituality, nature, and the human condition? Happy birthday Einstein!
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