Ideas and Opinions


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EINSTEIN, Albert. Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein. New York: Crown, 1954. Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

First edition of a major collection of Einstein writings, signed and date by him in the year of publication, revealing the “many facets of the mind and personality of the greatest scientist of our time” (New York Times), featuring some works never before published in book form.

In this important and wide-ranging collection of Einstein’s writings, the “many facets of the mind and personality of the greatest scientist of our time are presented in a distinguished translation… Here one finds Einstein’s views on the nature and methods of science, his own contributions to physics, his reminiscences about scientific colleagues, and his evaluations of the achievements of great scientists of the past—Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Maxwell,” as well as his thoughts on subjects ranging from world peace to fascism. “The reader gains an insight into the unique character of Einstein’s thinking in science and begins to sense the grounds of Einstein’s basic satisfaction ‘with the mystery of the eternity of life” (New York Times). Included are his writings from The World As I See It (1934) and Out of My Later Years (1950), as well as a Swiss collection, Mein Weltbild (1953), along with “a few selections from other publications and new articles that have never been published in book form before.” Containing “new translations and revisions by Sonja Bargmann.” Cover image from a photograph of Einstein by Philippe Halsman.

Book fine; lightest edge-wear to scarce about-fine dust jacket.

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