Walter Isaacson
Book Recommendations

  • The Evolution of Physics

    The Evolution of Physics

    The Evolution of Physics

    Albert Einstein,Leopold Infeld
    4.24 (1,584)

    For the alternate cover edition by simon & schuster, see hereclear and concise explanations of the development of theories explaining physical phenomena.

    Walter Isaacson

    He had a religious-like reverence for the concept of a creator, this is reflected in this book.

     — Source

  • The Autobiography of Ben Franklin

    The Autobiography of Ben Franklin

    The Autobiography of Ben Franklin

    Ben Franklin
    Inventors
    3.84 (78,552)

    Benjamin franklin's autobiography is one of the most famous works in american literature. he started it as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but soon it was transformed into a work of history. this is a charming, self-portrait of one of america's greatest forefathers.

    Walter Isaacson

    I also think the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is cool.

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source

  • Einstein in Love

    Einstein in Love

    Einstein in Love

    Dennis Overbye
    3.55 (244)

    As dennis overbye explains in the introduction to einstein in love, his first book since the national book critics circle and los angeles times book award nominee lonely hearts of the cosmos, his primary goal is to separate the man "albert" from the myth "einstein", to restore humanity and individuality and shaded nuance to a man who has become the most monolithic figure in the scientific pantheon.einstein in love is the first of the many biographies of the great scientist to focus exclusively on his life during the first two

    Walter Isaacson

    This is a great piece of writing and of research about Einstein's relationship with his first wife who served as his sounding-board.

     — Source

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Guy Cardwell,Mark Twain
    Fiction
    3.82 (1,204,974)

    A nineteenth-century boy from a mississippi river town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave, encountering a family involved in a feud, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and tom sawyer's aunt who mistakes him for tom.

    Walter Isaacson

    read Huckleberry Finn

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source

  • Fantasyland

    Fantasyland

    Fantasyland

    Kurt Andersen
    History
    4.1 (7,169)

    In this sweeping, eloquent history of america, kurt andersen shows that what's happening in our country today--this post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through--is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. america was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. fantasy is deeply embedded in our dna.over the course of five centuries--from the salem witch trials to scientology to the satanic panic of the 1980s, from p. t. barnum to hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from

    Walter Isaacson

    I think it helps you understand the wackiness happening in our country today.

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos

    The Fabric of the Cosmos

    The Fabric of the Cosmos

    Brian Greene
    Science
    4.1 (37,455)

    From brian greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the pulitzer prize finalist the elegant universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. is space an entity? why does time have a direction? could the universe exist without space and time? can we travel to the past? greene has set himself a daunting task: to explain non-intuitive, mathematical concepts

    Walter Isaacson

    He had a religious-like reverence for the concept of a creator, even though he did not believe in a personal God.

     — Source

  • Einstein's Dreams

    Einstein's Dreams

    Einstein's Dreams

    Alan Lightman
    Fiction
    4.07 (37,239)

    A modern classic, einstein’s dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by albert einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in switzerland. as the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. in one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. in another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. in another, time is

    Walter Isaacson

    This is a work of fiction that weaves in the whimsy of Einstein's days as a patent clerk in Switzerland.

     — Source

  • Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps

    Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps

    Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps

    Peter Galison
    3.89 (565)

    A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, einstein's clocks, poincaré's maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....in galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....galison has unearthed fascinating material" (new york times).clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century were an indispensable real-world background to the enormous

    Walter Isaacson

    A great piece of research looking at the patent applications that Einstein saw and showing his thinking.

     — Source

  • The Moviegoer

    The Moviegoer

    The Moviegoer

    Walker Percy
    Fiction
    3.67 (26,218)

    The dazzling novel that established walker percy as one of the major voices in southern literature is now available for the first time in vintage paperback. the moviegoer is binx bolling, a young new orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a bourbon street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the "treasurable moments" absent

    Walter Isaacson

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source

  • On the Bus

    On the Bus

    On the Bus

    Paul Perry
    3.89 (219)

    The fabled 1964 cross-country bus trip of ken kesey and the merry pranksters - on a psychedelically painted school bus crammed with amplifiers, cameras, costumes, and assorted contraband as cargo and beat legend neal cassady at the wheelmarked the irreversible end of the "eisenhower era, " and set an american cultural revolution in motion. on the bus is a celebration of the unforgettable exploits of the merry pranksters, immortalized in tom wolfe's bestselling book. in this engrossing popular history, the spirit of the era is captured in a remarkable living

    Walter Isaacson

    read Ken Keseys On the Bus or On the Road,

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source

  • Poor Richard's Almanack

    Poor Richard's Almanack

    Poor Richard's Almanack

    Benjamin Franklin
    4.11 (1,982)

    A collection of ben franklin's timeless maxims, rules, and aphorisms.

    Walter Isaacson

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

    Oct 14, 2017 — Source