Einstein and Relativity: The Big Idea

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We may know that Einstein was the epitome of genius, but how many of us know what his theory really means, and what its realistic implications are? Einstein and Relativity presents a distillation of Einstein's life and work within their historical and scientific contexts; and offers a truly accessible explanation of the concept that shaped the twentieth century. Just a few of the big ideas covered here are Einstein's discovery that light is both a particle and a wave; how Einstein proved the existence of ...
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Overview

We may know that Einstein was the epitome of genius, but how many of us know what his theory really means, and what its realistic implications are? Einstein and Relativity presents a distillation of Einstein's life and work within their historical and scientific contexts; and offers a truly accessible explanation of the concept that shaped the twentieth century. Just a few of the big ideas covered here are Einstein's discovery that light is both a particle and a wave; how Einstein proved the existence of molecules; why there is no such thing as real time; and how Einstein's brilliance led to his worst nightmare - the atom bomb.
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Presents a distillation of Einstein's life and work within their historical and scientific context and offers an accessible explanation of the concept that shaped the 20th century. Among other topics, it discusses Einstein's discovery that light is both a particle and wave; how Einstein proved the existence of molecules; why there is no such thing as real time; and how Einstein's brilliance led to his worst nightmare, the atom bomb. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385492447
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Big Idea Series
  • Edition description: 1 ANCHOR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Life and Works 11
Key Points and Sayings 91
Chronology 97
Suggestions for Further Reading 101
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