Einstein in Bohemia

Princeton University Press, February 2020
By Michael Gordin, the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History

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In the spring of 1911, Albert Einstein moved with his wife and two sons to Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he accepted a post as a professor of theoretical physics. He lived there for just 16 months, an interlude that his biographies typically dismiss as a brief and inconsequential episode. Einstein in Bohemia is a spellbinding portrait of the city that touched Einstein’s life in unexpected ways — and of the gifted young scientist who left his mark on the science, literature and politics of Prague.