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Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist

Andrew Robinson

In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go ‘"on the run"?

In this lively account, Andrew Robinson tells the story of the world’s greatest scientist and Britain for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect refuge for Einstein from rumoured assassination by Nazi agents. Young Einstein’s passion for British physics, epitomized by Newton, had sparked his scientific development around 1900. British astronomers had confirmed his general theory of relativity, making him internationally famous in 1919. Welcomed by the British people, who helped him campaign against Nazi anti-Semitism, he even intended to become a British citizen. So why did Einstein then leave Britain, never to return to Europe?


Andrew Robinson has written more than twenty-five books on an unusual range of subjects: science and the history of science; ancient scripts, writing systems and archaeological decipherment; and Indian history and culture. They include six biographies: of the physicist Albert Einstein and the polymath Thomas Young; of the decipherers Jean-Francois Champollion (Egyptian hieroglyphs) and Michael Ventris (Minoan Linear B); and of the Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore and the Indian film director Satyajit Ray. His most recent books, The Indus: Lost Civilizations, the wide-ranging Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization and Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist, combine his interest in archaeology, history, India and science. He also writes on these subjects for leading magazines and newspapers.

Category:  Biography & Memoir, Popular Science
ISBN:  9780300254990
Publisher:  Yale University Press
On sale:  March 2021
Format:  Paperback
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