Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius [NOOK Book]

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“[A] clear picture of how the scientific and cultural worlds of early twentieth-century Europe influenced Einstein’s theories about physical phenomena. The reader plunges deeply into Einstein’s life and discovers the fundamental forces that shaped his achievement.”—John ...
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Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

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Overview

“[A] clear picture of how the scientific and cultural worlds of early twentieth-century Europe influenced Einstein’s theories about physical phenomena. The reader plunges deeply into Einstein’s life and discovers the fundamental forces that shaped his achievement.”—John Boccio, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Swarthmore College



“This is a wonderful book, entertaining, informative, full of interesting material. I think everyone will enjoy reading it.”—David Goodstein, California Institute of Technology



“With his usual clarity, Ohanian brings to life an important era in the development of physics. He underscores the human strengths and frailties of the protagonists and demonstrates how bumpy the road to scientific discovery really is.”—Kevork Spartalian, Department of Physics, University of Vermont



“Einstein’s scientific mistakes are so masterfully presented and thoroughly analyzed that reading the book will enrich the knowledge of the specialist and the general reader alike about fundamental aspects of Einstein’s real and attempted contributions to twentieth-century physics.”—Vesselin Petkov, Concordia University, Montreal, and author of Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime



“Ohanian makes one big mistake himself: the title of the book. This book tells us a lot more than ‘Einstein’s Mistakes.’ It is a wonderful and insightful description of how science, and all creative work, really takes place. To paraphrase Kepler, it reveals the wondrous and twisted roads that lead us to knowledge.”—Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, University of Southern California, and author of The Power of Reading



“A wonderfully interactive and unusual biography of Einstein: each of Einstein’s ‘mistakes’ challenges us to try and follow the workings of his incredible mind.”—Wolfgang Rindler, professor of physics, University of Texas at Dallas, and author of Essential Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological
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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
Recounts [Einstein’s] chronicle of errors in clear and engaging prose, giving us in the process a short course in the history of modern physics and a witty and provocative account of the subject’s life.— Darrin M. McMahon
Los Angeles Times
The book’s quixotic approach—retelling Einstein’s story by homing in on his blunders—makes for good intellectual entertainment. . . . [It] kept me eagerly turning the pages.— George Johnson
Mathematical Reviews
A wonderful story that is well worth taking the time to read....We get a short course in this history of modern physics, one that is well-written and entertaining as well.— Alan S. McRae
Darrin M. McMahon - Wall Street Journal
“Recounts [Einstein’s] chronicle of errors in clear and engaging prose, giving us in the process a short course in the history of modern physics and a witty and provocative account of the subject’s life.”
George Johnson - Los Angeles Times
“The book’s quixotic approach—retelling Einstein’s story by homing in on his blunders—makes for good intellectual entertainment. . . . [It] kept me eagerly turning the pages.”
Alan S. McRae - Mathematical Reviews
“A wonderful story that is well worth taking the time to read....We get a short course in this history of modern physics, one that is well-written and entertaining as well.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393070422
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 925,617
  • File size: 789 KB

Meet the Author

Hans C. Ohanian received his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he worked with John A. Wheeler. He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College, and the University of Vermont. He is the author of several textbooks spanning all undergraduate levels: Physics, Principles of Physics, Relativity: A Modern Introduction, Modern Physics, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Classical Electrodynamics, and, with Remo Ruffini, Gravitation and Spacetime. He is also the author of dozens of articles dealing with gravitation, relativity, and quantum theory, including many articles on fundamental physics published in the American Journal of Physics, where he served as associate editor for some years. He lives in Vermont.
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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Einstein as a man

    This book is the first book on Einstein that portrays him as a complete human being. It shows off his follies as well as his genius. I believe that I understand him as a real person after reading this book. I now understand a lot more about how he came to make his breakthroughs and also how he seemed stuck in making the same mistakes for so long. This book also shows the outside help he received in advancing his understanding of tensor mathematics and refining the analogies that are the heart of teaching relativity.

    It seems that even the greatist minds may need to see their theories from different perspectives in order to achieve their best potentials.

    If you want to see the inner development of Einstein's best concepts you must read this book. Join the intellectional development of the concepts of relativity and gravity. Leave the Newtonian universce for a time and see it from a new perspective by reading this book.

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