Minor rant first.  I’m reading Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers as my devotional this year.  Pretty good, and some surprisingly modern-sounding thoughts.  From Augustine’s February 14th entry:

We must be persuaded how much God loved us so that we don’t shrink from Him in despair.  And we need to be shown also what kind of people we are whom He loved so that we also don’t withdraw from Him out of pride.

Decent stuff. And not full of thees and thous.  Of course, most of this writing took place before 600AD, so it was well before English was around, too.  The compilers of the book have updated the writing to make it more readable, which is appreciated.  But their daily scripture is still KJV.  I understand the choice of a free version of the Bible, but it’s clashing with the modernized earlier text.  They also have biographical paragraphs in the back of the book for all the authors – interesting to read about them.  But frustrating to find Chrysostom (the writer) listed as “John Chrysostom”, especially when the list is sorted by first name.  Could have used a bit more editing there . . .

The major rant is about Einstein’s Mistakes, an interesting overview of significant errors in his works, as well as a very good review of the development of physics from Galileo to Newton to Einstein.  The book is categorized as Science, and it is certainly that, but the author has a worldview that he occasionally pushes.  The pushes are not subtle.

Page 7 reports that an adolescent Einstein wrote a hymn to God, “which he would inflict on his family at all hours.  But he soon recovered from this religious folly . . .”.

Page 9 contains “the Swiss high schools of more than a hundred years ago were more enlightened than many American high schools of today, which pander to vociferous Christian sects that confuse religion with science and infect classrooms with pesudoscientific theories, such as creationism and intelligent design.”

From page 43: “in contrast to the Bible-thumping Christian fundamentalist zealots of then and now . . .” .

But Christianity isn’t alone in coming under fire.  On Page 318, the author is talking about Einstein’s FBI file, and produced this sentence:

The FBI, under the directorship of the sinister and bizarre J. Edgar Hoover – who, according to some sources, was wont to cruise the Washington bars in drag for extraofficial purposes of his own – had accumulated a thick file on Professor Einstein.

Now, the whole book isn’t like this.  But please, Mr. Hans Ohanian, the next time you write a nonfiction book, please leave innuendo and snide commentary out.

Not a recommended book.