Richard Panek: The Invisible Century Einstein Freud and the Search for Hidden Universes

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He underwater part of an iceburg and it s not even a submerged continent it s the ocean itself deep vast and only a hundred years into this new science still unfathomable Brief intellectual history of the late 19th and 20th centuries Clearly written short illuminating While I was expecting of a straight biography of Freud and Einstein whose lives I now almost nothing about this little volume was packed with analysis of both astro physics and early neurology My science background is dodgy so even Panek s hyper simplified explanations were difficult for me to comprehend but I closed the book feeling much No Way Down knowledgeable about their accomplishments and curious to learn that everything is relative was a very misleading summary of Relativity much to Einstein s chagrin Panek s ultimate conclusion that the 20th Century was invisible because science could form credible theories based on observations undetectable to the human eye was positively mind blowing a wondrous angle on science we now take for grantedThe book s only failing is that even at 200 pages it s a little long considering the thesis is perfectly defended in the introduction and the final chapter is only a spiralling reiteration of the themes and events we ve already uncovered Still a great book for people who like me don t actuallynow very much about these founding fathers As a id who grew up in a very academic very anti Freud house it was nice to hear that Freud was in fact uite perceptive for his day and despite the contributions and discoveries of his many contemporaries Freud did a great deal of groundwork for future generations Without him it s safe to say that psychotherapy would not have existed in its current form As for Einstein his rivals were close but lacked Albert s singular imagination and intellectual flexibility A great homage to two great figures. Recedented realms relativity and the unconscious and spawned the creation of two new sciences cosmology and psychoanalysis Together they have allowed us for than a hundred years to explore previously unimaginable universes without and withi.

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Entle very elegant and subtle which makes the text gladly outstanding and vigorously intriguing He has a way of structuring his long chapters that is narratively sound and informationally polished he seems always able to find the right place to drop a remark or a bibliographical note so that the vast amount of information brought forth is very manageable and attractive all is very readable and enjoyableThe text is overall uite balanced in the space dedicated to Einstein and Freud though little plause and emphasis is given to the first Panek does not avoid criticisms to both but Freud particularly is not indulged with with long nown criticisms of overselling and overreacting which indeed to a certain extent fired back on him On the other hand he also gives the impression that Freud was somehow isolated in his original attempt than Einstein who he envied so that part of his overkill seems justified and psychoanalysis being or not a science is definitely younger than mechanics while striving to reach its level of maturity in spite of dismissals and rejections or resistance in Freud s own termsA great reading plain thanks to Panek s egregious style and hugely engaging for his way of presenting the radioactive matter Concise and well written And the book does than just explain Einstein s physics and Freud s psychoanalysis it looks at science and scientific discovery asking what can we English Humour for Beginners know I really enjoyed this book the author made both the science and the men approachable It seemed to end a bit abruptly however as though the author had a page limit and was rushing to not overstep it At the end he touched on Einstein and Freud actually developing a relationship something he glossed over in the beginning and touched on other aspects of their research without going into them muchBut overall a great read The unconscious isn t Our understanding of the very nature of reality Einstein and Freud were the foremost figures in search of the next level of scientificnowledge evidence we can’t see Here on the frontier of the invisible their investigations reached unp.

I started this one a few years ago but I never finished it Very interesting definitely for nerds Excellent Well written in excellent English clear informative and highly readable Does considerable justice to both Einstein and Freud in an objective and informed manner Panek s short and dense and captivating essay is not yet another biography if only combined of Einstein and Freud it s less importantly much Panek introduces the essential elements of both bright minds histories and deeds as integral element of his fundamental attempt at drawing parallels analogies and complementarities between the two and in so doing shining light on the past century at least from the scientific point of viewThe first common element is that both geniouses started from a sincere positivistic philosophical position and ended largely going beyond that and rightly so They both widely explored the and extended the boundaries of senses and limits of imagination which they proved if still needed to be invaluable and core parts of the scientific enterprise itself While Einstein went to extremes in the range of the electromagnetically visible and inetically experimentable with his elegant insights into invariances in nature Freud founded the unconscious within everyone and set out to build a science of it with all the still unsettled criticisms related to it starting from Popper s simultaneous praise of Einstein s theory and dismiss of Freud s construction But then Panek reveals a full host of clear and very relevant details and points of view that show how both heroes transcended their own way the legacy of the past of their respective fields And for this purpose he does not avoid rich yet sharp digressions into the past and the future compared to the heroes epoch This may sound boring or simply academic if still interesting yet Panek s style is The Invisible Century is an original look at two of the most important revolutions and revolutionaries of the modern era This dual biography of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud and their parallel journeys of discovery that altered forever.

Richard Panek a Guggenheim Fellow in science writing is the author of The 4% Universe Dark Matter Dark Energy and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality which won the American Institute of Physics communication award in 2012 and the co author with Temple Grandin of The Autistic Brain Thinking Across the Spectrum a New York Times bestseller He lives in New York City