This is a biography with a difference, for it reviews in the light of the latest advances in science the life, ideas and work of one of the greatest scientists who has ever lived. Such an approach offers a better insight into the intrinsic connection between the physical conceptions, philosophical views, public ideas, moral principles, creative psychology, aesthetic inclinations and plain human charm of Albert Einstein, the man, the scientist and the philosopher. At the same time this approach enables one more fully to appreciate the scope of the revolution in the notions of space, time, motion and matter brought about by Einstein, grasp the essential features of 20th century science, and understand why both the physical theories and the image of the man who created them will live on forever.
Professor Boris Kuznetsov, born in 1903 and at the time of the original publication was a resident of Moscow, where he had been working at the USSR Academy of Science for the past thirty years, was vice chairman of the Academy's Einstein Committee. He was also a member of the Academy of the History of Science in Paris and president of the Albert Einstein Committee of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. Professor Kuznetsov has written several books on classical and contemporary physics, among them The Development of Physical Thinking from Galileo to Einstein and Fundamentals of Relativity Theory and Quantum Physics.
The Russian edition of Einstein was first published in Moscow in 1962 and the English edition was published in 1965.