God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

by Amir D. Aczel
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God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe by Amir D. Aczel

Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein's "greatest blunder"?

In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science's greatest mystery.

In January 1998, astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. The way we perceive the universe was changed forever. The most compelling theory cosmologists could find to explain this phenomenon was Einstein's cosmological constant, a theory he conceived—and rejected—-over eighty years ago.

Drawing on newly discovered letters of Einstein—many translated here for the first time—years of research, and interviews with prominent mathematicians, cosmologists, physicists, and astronomers, Aczel takes us on a fascinating journey into "the strange geometry of space-time," and into the mind of a genius. Here the unthinkable becomes real: an infinite, ever-expanding, ever-accelerating universe whose only absolute is the speed of light.

Awesome in scope, thrilling in detail, God's Equation is storytelling at its finest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385334853
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 815,803
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amir D. Aczel is the author of many research articles on mathematics, two textbooks, and nine nonfiction books, including the international bestseller Fermat's Last Theorem, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award. Aczel has appeared on more than 30 television programs, including nationwide appearances on CNN, CNBC, and Nightline, and on more than 100 radio programs, including NPR's Weekend Edition and Morning Edition. Aczel is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Aczel starts with Einstein's biography and presents his personality as background to the development of his ideas and his relationships that facilitated their development culminating in cosmology. This is a wonderful historical summary. The intricacies of the math and physics are kept to a respectable, accessible, yet meaningful minimum, so those less comfortable with these need not cringe. The personalities and significance of the developments are brought to life. Quite enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
Scothomaschlindwein More than 1 year ago
Albert Einstein can be regarded as the smartest and most influential man in modern science. He led the scientists of his time in theorizing and writing equations to help determine the limits space and time. He wanted to find a field theory that could explain the smallest subatomic particles and our cosmos, a theory that was relevant in all physical things. He called this equation, which could in theory explain everything in our universe, God's Equation. In God's Equation, Amir Aczel goes through Einstein's theories and tells of the relevance today, and how modern scientists use Einstein's work to supplement there own. Amir also explains almost the entire history of modern physics, including astrology, cosmology, and the overall nature of the universe. While learning about relativity and the cosmos is usually extremely confusing, Amir Aczel does an amazing job of thoroughly explaining the equations and diagrams that are presented. What he does a better job of though, is explaining the history of the last 100 years of scientific discovery that supplement the reader in understanding how scientists discovered the theories that are talked about. Lastly, I felt that Amir did a wonderful job of blending all together into a work that everyone from a high schooler to a physics professor could understand. While I am a modern physics student, I was surprised to see how thoroughly each individual theorem and scientist was examined and explained. The main reason I enjoyed this book was because it was an extremely concise overview of some of the most thoughtful and even mind-boggling theories in the science world explained in an easy to understand way. I can't say there we're many things I did not like about the book, but I can say that relativity and the cosmos cannot be fully understood without any help. The mathematics are there, but they are not fully incorporated into each individual discovery/theorem that is discussed. This is understandable though, because higher level mathematics is not exactly prime reading material. Besides that the one key dislike of this book I had was its choppy reading. The chapters did not flow very will, so the reader has to put the pieces together themselves. Other than that I have no complaints. While most people tend to shy away from science books because of there sometimes confusing nature, i see no reason that anyone interested in Einstein or any kind of physical science would not read this book. It gets to the point, and makes complicated theories and equations much easier to understand. Even beginners to science and cosmology can learn valuable things from this book because it is well written for any education level. Overall, people who want a better understanding of Einstein's theories and the last 100 years of science should read this book. While I have not thoroughly indulged myself in the works of Amir Aczel, I would recommend his book Fermat's last theorem to anyone who enjoyed God's Equation.
podedwards More than 1 year ago
In God's Equation, Amir D. Aczel presents us with the rare elegance of combining history with the future. A unique book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes the history behind Einstein's equations on relativity. However, the mathematical explanations are on the light side - some are not explained well and some are not explained at all. Read it for the history - not to gain an understanding of the math behind the equation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its great!!! You have to read it. Absolutly mind splitting!!!! READ IT!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amir Aczel does a most fascinating job of incorporating science's history with a time table of those predisposed to prove and well as dispel so many of Albert Einstein's theories which since their publication have been proven true. Amazing to see how this brilliant mans thoughts and hypothesis in a low tech age still hold so true today in the 21st century and bring forth so much greater an understanding of our ever-expanding universe.