Albert Einstein: And the Frontiers of Physics

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Albert Einstein did not impress his first teachers. They found him a dreamy child without an especially promising future. But some time in his early years he developed what he called "wonder" about the world. Later in life, he remembered two instances from his childhood--his fascination at age five with a compass and his introduction to the lucidity and certainty of geometry--that may have been the first signs of what was to come. From these ordinary beginnings, Einstein became one of the greatest scientific ...
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Albert Einstein did not impress his first teachers. They found him a dreamy child without an especially promising future. But some time in his early years he developed what he called "wonder" about the world. Later in life, he remembered two instances from his childhood--his fascination at age five with a compass and his introduction to the lucidity and certainty of geometry--that may have been the first signs of what was to come. From these ordinary beginnings, Einstein became one of the greatest scientific thinkers of all time. This illuminating biography describes in understandable language the experiments and revolutionary theories that flowed from Einstein's imagination and intellect--from his theory of relativity, which changed our conception of the universe and our place in it, to his search for a unified field theory that would explain all of the forces in the universe.

Examines the personality as well as the thought process which led this physicist to his discoveries which have helped shape our understanding of the natural world.

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This is a book for those who want to know more: how Einstein lived and loved, how he was educated and earned a living, the science and politics of his time.... Readers...will be absorbed in this story of a remarkable man."--VOYA

"A lively and memorable reflection of the man behind the public figure."--Booklist

"A comprehensive, highly intelligent, patiently-constructed introduction to Einstein and his theories.... It is amply illustrated with informative diagrams and excellent quality black-and-white photos."--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195092752
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford Portraits in Science Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Bernstein has been a professor of physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology since 1967 and was a staff writer for the New Yorker until 1993. Dr. Bernstein has written more than 12 books on popular science and mountain travel, including Three Degrees Above Zero and Cranks, Quarks, and the Cosmos. He lives in New York City and Aspen, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Preface.: How I Did Not Get to Meet Albert Einstein 8
Chapter 1 Einstein When Young 17
Sidebar: Einstein's Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem 26
Chapter 2 The Miracle Year 38
Sidebar: A Short History of Light Theory 49
Chapter 3 The Strange Story of the Quantum 67
Sidebar: How Cavity, or Blackbody, Radiation Became a Pivotal Point in Physics 80
Sidebar: Light Quanta 85
Chapter 4 Professor Einstein's Happiest Thought 88
Sidebar: What Makes a Geometry Euclidean? 100
Chapter 5 Einstein's Cosmology 117
Chapter 6 The Stranger Story of the Quantum 126
Sidebar: How to Detect Crank Physics 135
Chapter 7 112 Mercer Street 145
Chapter 8 Einstein's Legacy 168
Coda: How I Did Get to See Einstein 173
Appendix The Michelson-Morley Experiment 174
Chronology 183
Further Reading 185
Index 187
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