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The Einstein dossiers [electronic resource] : science and politics--Einstein's Berlin period with an appendix on Einstein's FBI file /
Siegfried Grundmann ; translated by Ann M. Hentschel.
imprint
Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2005.
description
xix, 459 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
354025661X (acid-free paper), 9783540256618 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2005.
isbn
354025661X (acid-free paper)
9783540256618 (acid-free paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
7901164
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-432) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
This book is based on a number of files or "dossiers" on Einstein that were kept by the Germans during Einstein's Berlin years; his FBI file is also included. The book centers on politics rather than science, but of course many references are made to Einstein's science, as it is what made him so influential in German politics. Grundmann emphasizes that his book is not a biography; nevertheless, there are many interesting sidelights on his life. The book begins with a detailed look at Einstein's appointment at the University of Berlin and the problems it caused. It continues with a discussion of his life at the university and his travels to the US and elsewhere. One of the more interesting parts is a discussion of his resistance to the Nazi party and Hitler, and how they confiscated all his property. The book is well researched and contains many letters between Einstein and various scientists and others (some of them are reprinted directly); it also contains a large number of photos and diagrams. The writing style is easy to read, but the book would probably be of most interest to Einstein scholars and academics. Others, however, would enjoy it. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers. B. R. Parker emeritus, Idaho State University
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From the reviews:"This book is based on a number of files or 'dossiers' on Einstein that were kept by the Germans during Einstein's Berlin years; his FBI file is also included. ... there are many interesting sidelights on his life. ... The book is well researched and ... it also contains a large number of photos and diagrams. The writing style is easy to read ... . Summing Up: Highly Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers." (B. R. Parker, CHOICE, Vol. 43 (10), June, 2006)
From the reviews: "This book is based on a number of files or 'dossiers' on Einstein that were kept by the Germans during Einstein's Berlin years; his FBI file is also included. ... there are many interesting sidelights on his life. ... The book is well researched and ... it also contains a large number of photos and diagrams. The writing style is easy to read ... . Summing Up: Highly Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers." (B. R. Parker, CHOICE, Vol. 43 (10), June, 2006)
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Summaries
Main Description
In 1919 the Prussian Ministry of Science, Arts and Culture opened a dossier on "Einstein's Theory of Relativity." It was rediscovered by the author in 1961 and is used in conjunction with numerous other subsequently identified 'Einstein' files as the basis of this fascinating book. In particular, the author carefully scrutinizes Einstein's FBI file from 1950-55 against mostly unpublished material from European including Soviet sources and presents hitherto unknown documentation on Einstein's alleged contacts with the German Communist Party and the Comintern. Siegfried Grundmann's thorough study of Einstein's participation on a committee of the League of Nations, based on archival research in Geneva, is also new. This book outlines Einstein's image in politics and German science policy. It covers the period from his appointment as a researcher in Berlin to his fight abroad against the "boycott of German science" after World War I and his struggle at home against attacks on "Jewish physics" of which he was made a prime target. An important gap in the literature on Einstein is thus filled, contributing much new material toward a better understanding of Einstein's so rigorous break with Germany.
Long Description
In 1919 the Prussian Ministry of Science, Arts and Culture opened a dossier on "Einstein's Theory of Relativity." It was rediscovered by the author in 1961 and is used in conjunction with numerous other subsequently identified 'Einstein' files as the basis of this fascinating book. In particular, the author carefully scrutinizes Einstein's FBI file from 1950-55 against mostly unpublished material from European including Soviet sources and presents hitherto unknown documentation on Einstein's alleged contacts with the German Communist Party and the Comintern. Siegfried Grundmann's thorough study of Einstein's participation on a committee of the League of Nations, based on archival research in Geneva, is also new.This book outlines Einstein's image in politics and German science policy. It covers the period from his appointment as a researcher in Berlin to his fight abroad against the "boycott of German science" after World War I and his struggle at home against attacks on "Jewish physics" of which he was made a prime target. An important gap in the literature on Einstein is thus filled, contributing much new material toward a better understanding of Einstein's so rigorous break with Germany.
Table of Contents
During the Kaiserreichp. 1
Military power and science - "sturdy pillars of Germany's might"p. 2
Einstein's path to Berlinp. 10
World War Ip. 25
Einstein's political stance and activismp. 25
Appointment as director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physicsp. 44
On the board of trustees of the Bureau of Standardsp. 48
Upshotp. 50
Einstein in private - not quite privatep. 52
During the Weimar Republicp. 55
Boycott of German sciencep. 56
World renownp. 69
Sponsorship - the Einstein Towerp. 75
The appeal for the "Einstein Donation Fund"p. 75
Donations for the Einstein Towerp. 81
A target for right-wing propaganda and violencep. 91
Emissary and emigre - Einstein's foreign travelsp. 111
Reasons and purposes of Albert Einstein's travels abroadp. 111
The first excursions after the war - trips to neutral landsp. 116
The voyage to the United States and Englandp. 118
Visiting the French, 1922p. 129
Japan, Palestine and Spainp. 142
Sweden and Holland 1923p. 156
South Americap. 157
Foreign travels 1929-1933p. 163
Erstwhile Swiss, henceforth Prussian. Einstein's citizenshipp. 168
Einstein's membership in the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperationp. 175
The founding of the Committeep. 175
Einstein's appointment to the committeep. 177
Withdrawal of membership and retractionp. 183
Einstein's collaborationp. 187
Einstein's position - an object of desire. Einstein's deputyp. 190
Einstein's confessionp. 202
The end of Einstein's collaboration - this time irrevocablyp. 206
Albert Einstein/Sigmund Freud: Why war?p. 217
Parting ways. Einstein and the end of the Weimar Republicp. 221
Apparently "more tranquil and undisturbed" - Einstein's summer villap. 221
Social milieu. Friends and acquaintancep. 228
Political developments: Republic moves to the right, Einstein to the leftp. 240
The Third Reichp. 269
Shouts of triumph by a band of murderersp. 270
Resignation from the Academy of Sciencesp. 281
Expatriationp. 288
Confiscationsp. 297
Bank accountp. 297
Summer villap. 302
Sailboatp. 310
Any help from Switzerland?p. 314
Conclusionp. 317
Einstein's FBI file - reports on Albert Einstein's Berlin periodp. 322
Fact, fiction and liesp. 334
Streets, places. Einstein's apartmentp. 334
Institutions. The Club of Intellectual Workersp. 337
Persons: Richard Grosskopf/Helen Dukasp. 340
What about Einstein himself?p. 348
The Informantp. 357
Conclusionp. 365
Abbreviationsp. 369
List of Figures with Sourcesp. 373
Selected Bibliographyp. 377
Notesp. 391
Bibliographical Name Indexp. 433
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