Out of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
New York : Philosophical Library, 1950. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 282 pages ; 21 cm. $4.75 dust jacket with minimal wear. Light foxing to page edges and discoloration to front and rear endpapers. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
"HERE WE HAVE IT AT LAST" wrote Dr. Harlow Shapley of Harvard, "an Einstein book ... for which you are fully prepared. And yet it deals with situations and problems as complicated and deep as relativity and the quantum mechanisms. It thinks through in clear and simple language the fears and hopes, and some of the triumphs of contemporary man. . . .
"Pondering over these human sympathies so deeply imbedded in one whose scientific contributions have permanently affected the progress of the human mind, one is led to wonder if the later years of Einstein are not his most epoch-making years for the human race in its present embroilment. Others might have some day equated energy with mass, tracked down the mechanism of photoelectricity, and even explored the deep "simplicity" of the gravitational and electromagnetic fields. But would any scientific leader, in the absence of Einstein, have stood out so bravely for human ethics in the atomic age? It is the Equivalence of man with his world of love and life and liberty that is the Principle of this volume, and of the humanist who thought and penned its pages."
The sixty chapters of OUT OF MY LATER YEARS are assembled into six sections that are titled: CONVICTIONS AND BELIEFS, SCIENCE, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, SCIENCE AND LIFE, PERSONALITIES, and MY PEOPLE.
The first section discusses such subjects as "Morals and Emotions," "Education," "Freedom," "Moral Decay" and "Science and Religion," while the second section is devoted to Einstein's basic scientific papers.
In the third section, the great relativist gives his views on "The Negro Question," "Why Socialism?" and "Towards a World Government"; here also is the "Open Letter from Soviet Scientists" taking issue with Einstein on the question of World Government, and the author's historic reply.
In PERSONALITIES Einstein explores the minds and lives of some of history's greatest spirits; among others, Newton, Kepler, Marie Curie, Carl von Ossietzky and Mahatma Gandhi. Then, in the final section, he discusses various aspects of the Jewish issue, such as "Why Do They Hate The Jews?", "The Dispersal of European Jewry" and "The Jews of Israel," and pays tribute "To the Heroes of the Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto."
The publishers of this volume feel privileged in presenting this new collection of essays by the distinguished physicist, whose deep human feelings and wisdom have endeared him not less to to the average man than to the scientist and scholar.
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