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Einstein himself spent the rest of his life looking for a "unified field theory," literally a "theory of everything" that would explain both the very small (the world of sub-atomic particles and quantum theory) and the very large (the expanding universe). He called his search an attempt to understand "God's thoughts" when the cosmos was created. The equation in that theory would be the human approximation of "God's Equation." Einstein never did complete his unified field theory, but his "cosmological constant," a concept he invented and then discarded, may prove to be a crucial component. This fascinating book, however, is not only about ideas, but also the people pursuing them. Each "character" in this dramatic story, Einstein as well as the contemporary scientists who are building on his work, emerges as a vivid and complex human being. Featured too are photographs of these intriguing personalities, plus explanatory charts, diagrams and other graphics, including several mind-bending (and unexpectedly appropriate) pictures by the brilliant and popular M. C. Escher. All of this combines with Aczel's admirably clear, simple prose style to create a remarkably readable story, told with the compelling force of fiction. Despite the pull of gravity, God's Equation is a book you won't want to put down.
"There is something startling on just about every page."
— San Francisco Chronicle
"It is a wonderful time to glance back over Einstein's path in developing the field equation...fortunately, we have a fabulous guide in Amir D. Aczel."
|Ch. 1||Exploding Stars||1|
|Ch. 2||Early Einstein||13|
|Ch. 3||Prague, 1911||27|
|Ch. 4||Euclid's Riddle||43|
|Ch. 5||Grossmann's Notebooks||61|
|Ch. 6||The Crimean Expedition||71|
|Ch. 7||Riemann's Metric||91|
|Ch. 9||Principe Island||121|
|Ch. 10||The Joint Meeting||139|
|Ch. 11||Cosmological Considerations||149|
|Ch. 12||The Expansion of Space||167|
|Ch. 13||The Nature of Matter||181|
|Ch. 14||The Geometry of the Universe||189|
|Ch. 15||Batavia, Illinois, May 4, 1998||197|
|Ch. 16||God's Equation||207|
Posted July 29, 2009
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