E = Einstein: His Life, His Thought, and His Influence on Our Culture

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In the history of physics, there has been no greater visionary than Albert Einstein. Through his revolutionary Theory of Relativity, he fundamentally changed the way we look at the universe. But there is more to Einstein than just E=mc2—and this anthology of 30 fascinating essays captures his various facets. Complete with more than 125 color illustrations and explanatory sidebars that make the information accessible to the layperson, these revelatory articles explore his life, theories, and legacy. They range ...
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Overview

In the history of physics, there has been no greater visionary than Albert Einstein. Through his revolutionary Theory of Relativity, he fundamentally changed the way we look at the universe. But there is more to Einstein than just E=mc2—and this anthology of 30 fascinating essays captures his various facets. Complete with more than 125 color illustrations and explanatory sidebars that make the information accessible to the layperson, these revelatory articles explore his life, theories, and legacy. They range from the scientific (“The Cosmos According to Eintein,” “Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe”) to the political (“Einstein as Jew and Zionist,” “Einstein and Nazi Science”) to discussions of his role as an icon (“What’s with the Hair?”).
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Astrophysicist Goldsmith and science journalist Bartusiak (Einstein's Unfinished Symphony) have gathered 21 previously published pieces by an all-star cast, including Stephen Hawking, Owen Gingerich, Steven Weinberg and others, and added two new but weak essays of their own to create an eclectic collection on the life and science of Albert Einstein. Reading expositions of the same events from different perspectives in different essays is fascinating, to a point—but this collection occasionally exceeds that point. Equally unfortunate is chapters targeting different audiences. Some—like Andrea Gabor's wonderful analysis of the life of Mileva Maric, Einstein's first wife; A. Zee's engaging discussion of the meaning of gravity; and Jeremy Bernstein's thoughtful piece wondering how Einstein's revolutionary science can be differentiated from pseudoscience—are perfect for the general reader. Others—like John Stachel's chapter examining how Einstein came to grips with special relativity and G. Holton's essay on the impact Einstein had on nonscientific culture—are designed for more specialized readers. And because each chapter is relatively short, none delves much beneath the surface so that the whole is far less satisfying than are any of its constituent parts. Illus. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402763199
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: "Timeless Einstein"     9
Einstein's Life     13
"Albert Einstein: A Laboratory in the Mind"   Owen Gingerich     15
"Albert Einstein in Leiden"   Dirk van Delft     27
"The Forgotten Wife"   Andrea Gabor     39
"Albert Einstein as a Philosopher of Science"   Don Howard     67
"The Crimean Expedition"   Amir Aczel     81
"Einstein's Germany"   Fritz Stern     97
Einstein's Early Science     119
"How Can We Be Sure That Albert Einstein Was Not a Crank?"   Jeremy Bernstein     121
"Einstein's Bovine Dreams"   Joao Magueijo     137
"'What Song the Syrens Sang': How Did Einstein Discover Special Relativity?"   John Stachel     157
"Einstein's Dilemma"   Shimon Malin     173
"When Time Slows Down"   Donald Goldsmith     189
"Einstein's Dream"   Stephen Hawking     199
Einstein's Later Science     211
"A Farewell Look at Gravity"   John Archibald Wheeler     213
"An Old Man's Toy"   A. Zee     223
"Quantum Trickery"   Dennis Overbye     237
"Quantum Entanglement, Spooky Action at a Distance, Teleportation, and You"   Jim Ottaviani   Roger Langridge     236-257
"Time Bandits: What Were Einstein and Godel Talking About?"   Jim Holt     247
Einstein's Enduring Influence     261
"Einstein and the Shaping of Our Imagination"   G. Holton     263
"That Famous Equation and You"   Brian Greene     287
"Einstein and the Jews"   Abraham Pais     295
"Einstein's Mistakes"   Steven Weinberg     309
"Beyond the Big Bang"   Marcia Bartusiak     319
"Einstein Mysterium: What We Still Don't Know About Einstein" A conversation with Dennis Overbye     327
An Einstein Chronology     332
Index     340
Contributors     350
Credits     352
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