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A Lone Traveler
Einstein in California
by William M. Kramer with Margaret Leslie Davis
Albert Einstein spent three memorable winters in California from 1930 to 1933. The diaries he kept during these sojourns are remarkable records of the experiences and introspective musings of one of the greatest thinkers of all time. In A Lone Traveler: Einstein in California, readers come to know Einstein the scientist, humanitarian, pacifist, and reluctant celebrity on the eve of World War II. During the same time that Einstein was collaborating with some of the world's top astronomers, physicists, and mathematicians at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he was deeply agonized by Adolf Hitler's ascension to power. While he labored to balance the demands of scholarship and fame— moving with grateful bemusement between press conferences, scientific lectures, Hollywood social engagements, and civic events— the pacifist Einstein bravely voiced his opposition to Germany's fascism to the point where he became a strong proponent of military might against the country of his birth. Furthermore, as a refugee unable to return to his homeland, Einstein took on a leading role as a Jewish spokesperson in the Jewish and global community. His days in California were among the most pivotal in his storied life, a time of transformation for the man who changed our understanding of the universe.
Paperback, 136 pages. Published by the Skirball Cultural Center, 2004.