Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

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by Hans C. Ohanian
     
 

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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 Boccio, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Swarthmore College

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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 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393070422
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
File size:
1 MB

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