Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

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"Albert Einstein's universal appeal is only partially explained by his brilliant work in physics, as Andrew Robinson shows in this authoritative, accessible, illustrated biography. The book presents clearly the beautiful simplicity at the heart of Einstein's greatest discoveries, and explains how his ideas have continued to influence scientific developments, such as the big bang, lasers and "theories of everything". It also discusses his life and activities outside of science, including encounters with famous contemporaries such as Chaplin,
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"Albert Einstein's universal appeal is only partially explained by his brilliant work in physics, as Andrew Robinson shows in this authoritative, accessible, illustrated biography. The book presents clearly the beautiful simplicity at the heart of Einstein's greatest discoveries, and explains how his ideas have continued to influence scientific developments, such as the big bang, lasers and "theories of everything". It also discusses his life and activities outside of science, including encounters with famous contemporaries such as Chaplin, Roosevelt, and Tagore, his love of music, and his troubled family life. His striking originality was expressed in many ways, from his political and humanitarian campaigns against nuclear weapons, anti-Semitism, McCarthyism, and social injustices, to his unconventional personal appearance." The main narrative is augmented by eleven essays written by scientists and scholars, and Einstein's own voice is present throughout in the form of extracts from his writings and speeches, including his own account of his intellectual development.
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In 2005, the world marked the centenary of Albert Einstein's "annus mirabilis," the "great year" in which the German physicist's published five groundbreaking papers, including the Special Theory of Relativity and the e=mc2 equation. It is difficult to overstate the far-reaching significance of these scientific breakthroughs. "We are a different race of people than we were a century ago," observed one astrophysicist, "utterly and completely different, because of Einstein."In this authoritative, profusely illustrated study, 11 distinguished contributors pay tribute to this defining achievement of the 20th century. The essayists include Freeman Dyson, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Hawking, Philip Glass, and Nobel laureates Philip Anderson and Joseph Rotblat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810959231
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Andrew Robinson is a King's Scholar of Eton College. He holds degrees from Oxford University (in science) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He was literary editor of The Times
Higher Education Supplement
in London from 1994-2006, and is currently a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is the author of some 20 books, written for both general and academic readers, covering three main areas: science and the history of science; archaeology and scripts; and modern Indian culture. They include: The Shape of the World, Earthshock, The Story of Measurement, The Story of Writing, Lost Languages, and biographies of Michael Ventris (The Man Who Deciphered Linear B), Thomas Young (The Last Man Who Knew Everything), Satyajit Ray (The Inner Eye) and Rabindranath Tagore (The Myriad-Minded Man).

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Table of Contents

Preface 8
Pt. 1 The physicist
1 The world of physics before Einstein 12
Autobiographical notes 26
2 The making of a physicist 32
A brief history of relativity 42
3 The miraculous year, 1905 52
4 General relativity 66
Varying c : vodka without alcohol? 78
5 Arguing about quantum theory 82
6 The search for a theory of everything 95
Einstein's search for unification 102
7 Physics since Einstein 109
Einstein's scientific legacy 122
Pt. 2 The man
8 The most famous man in the world 130
9 Personal and family life 140
Einstein's love letters 150
Einstein and music 153
10 Germany, war and pacifism 156
11 America 166
12 Zionism, the Holocaust and Israel 176
Einstein on religion, Judaism and Zionism 185
13 Nuclear saint and demon 191
Einstein's quest for global peace 202
14 The end of an era 207
Einstein's last interview 212
15 Einstein's enduring magic 226
Einstein : twentieth-century icon 235
Chronology of Einstein's life 240
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