Einstein A to Z by Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck

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Book Club Questions

1) During World War II numerous scientists in both Germany and the U.S. went to work on the war effort. Einstein was one, and he never apologized for his participation. Werner Heisenberg -- who had done some work for the German war effort -- nevertheless later blamed Einstein for going against his loudly-proclaimed pacifist ideas. Do you think Einstein's conscience was truly quiet on the issue? Can you come up with reasons why Heisenberg might have made such an accusation? Was Heisenberg blameless himself?

2) What do you think keeps Einstein so interesting to the public, when most scientists aren't particularly famous? What qualities of his intrigue you?

3) Einstein has many famous quotes that include "God" -- "God does not play dice with the world" and "I want to know the mind of God, the rest are details" for example -- but he also claimed he didn't believe in a standard Judaeo-Christian God. Do you understand how he could both reject and yet refer to "God"? Einstein said he did believe -- and was in awe of -- the mystery of the universe. So he definitely had some sense of the mystical. After reading the chapters on God, Religion, and Judaism do you think Einstein was religious?

4) Who else do you consider to be as smart as Einstein? Are they as famous? Why or why not?

Einstein A to Z * Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck
Wiley publishing * Publication date: August 2004 * ISBN: 0-471-46674-3 * $17.95 paperback * 300 pp