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Einstein's Cosmos
Michio Kaku
0393327000
Jan 2004
Paperback
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From Scientific American
Thanks to Kaku's insight (he is a theoretical physicist) and his flair for explaining dense scientific concepts (he is a best-selling author), this brief book weaves Einstein's life and work into a seamless, hard-to-put-down narrative. The organizing metaphor is how Einstein thought in terms of simple physical pictures--speeding trains, falling elevators, moving clocks. Excellent for the neophyte or readers who want to refresh their knowledge about Einstein without being talked down to or bored.

Editors of Scientific American

From Booklist
Recent popular works about Einstein have magnified select details of his life, such as his tempestuous marriage to Mileva Maric (Einstein in Love, by Dennis Overbye, 2000) or his FBI file (The Einstein File,...



Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
Albert Einstein
0517884410
June 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
How better to learn the Special Theory of Relativity and the General Theory of Relativity than directly from their creator, Albert Einstein himself? In Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Einstein describes the theories that made him famous, illuminating his case with numerous examples and a smattering of math (nothing more complex than high-school algebra). Einstein's book is not casual reading, but for those who appreciate his work without diving into the arcana of theoretical physics, Relativity will prove a stimulating read.

From AudioFile
This version of Einstein's The Meaning of Relativity epitomizes the key difficulty with abridgments: The work becomes a slave to the format. Rather than an alluring example of literature or scholarship, this pivotal...


God's Equation
Amir D. Aczel
0385334850
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Who would have thought a mathematical constant would make such an engaging character? God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe, mathematician Amir Aczel's tale of the search for a scientific explanation of the universe, features the cosmological constant in a role as complex as Einstein's. The great genius referred to it as his "greatest blunder," but recent events in the world of astrophysics have brought the prodigal term back into the fold as an important part of his field equation. Aczel is a powerful storyteller, and makes no secret of his admiration for Einstein; much of the book revolves around his conquest of general relativity. Integrating relativity with gravitation was no easy task (even for Einstein), but the author deftly steers the reader away from the sticky stuff and focuses...


God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe
Amir D. Aczel
156731614X
January 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Who would have thought a mathematical constant would make such an engaging character? God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe, mathematician Amir Aczel's tale of the search for a scientific explanation of the universe, features the cosmological constant in a role as complex as Einstein's. The great genius referred to it as his "greatest blunder," but recent events in the world of astrophysics have brought the prodigal term back into the fold as an important part of his field equation. Aczel is a powerful storyteller, and makes no secret of his admiration for Einstein; much of the book revolves around his conquest of general relativity. Integrating relativity with gravitation was no easy task (even for Einstein), but the author deftly steers the reader away from the sticky stuff and focuses...


Relativity Demystified
David McMahon
0071455450
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
LEARN RELATIVITY AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT! Now anyone can grasp Einstein's great theory of relativity -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Relativity Demystified, theoretical physicists (and student-savvy authors) David McMahon and Paul Ansing provide an effective, illuminating, and entertaining way to learn the essentials and formulas of Einstein's theories. With Relativity Demystified, you master the subject one step at a time-;at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter and part to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 100-question final exam to reinforce the entire book. This fast and entertaining self-teaching course makes it much easier to: Master theoretical physics at your own pace Learn the formulas and principles of special and general...


Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity
Andrew Robinson (Editor)
0810959232
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
A centennial celebration of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper "Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Korper," this album has assets that qualify it as a public-library imperative. Visually, it not only showcases photographs ranging from the youthful, sartorially dapper Einstein to the elder, sweater-clad sage of Princeton, it also displays manuscripts rarely shown to a general audience, including one of the few examples of E=mc2 in Einstein's hand. Textwise, its contributors include physicists quite as famous as Einstein, if not possessing his iconic eminence: Freeman Dyson, Stephen Hawking, Steven Weinberg, and the late Joseph Rotblat. The observations of the first three about Einstein-as-physicist (Rotblat writes about Einstein's opposition to nuclear weapons) constitute another enhancement in this work's popular value,...


The Sky at Einstein's Feet
William C. Keel
0387261303
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The insights of relativity have illuminated a century of astronomical discovery, often going beyond the phenomena that Einstein lived to see. This book shows, in nonmathematical ways, how deeply these ways of viewing the Universe have informed our interpretations of it, and how many of the amazing discoveries of these decades have made sense only as part of Einstein's universe. The author brings together the ways in which we see the bizarre effects of relativity played out on a cosmic scale. None of this is particularly new to practicing astronomers, but much has yet to be seen outside technical journals. The presentation avoids mathematics (except for the most famous equation in all of physics!), and is designed to be accessible to the interested public. Gravitational lenses, the visible effects of light-travel...


A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking
0553380168
September 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: Where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to reveal these questions (and where we're looking for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The...


Einstein's Theory of Relativity
Max Born
0486607690
June 1962
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
This excellent, semi-technical account includes a review of classical physics (origin of space and time measurements, Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomy, laws of motion, inertia, and more) and coverage of Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity, discussing the concept of simultaneity, kinematics, Einstein’s mechanics and dynamics, and more.


Relativity Simply Explained
Martin Gardner
0486293157
March 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the clearest, most entertaining introductions to the subject ever written offers lucid explanations of not only the special and general theories of relativity, but also of the Michelson-Morley experiment, gravity and spacetime, Mach’s principle, the twin paradox, models of the universe and other topics. "...by far the best layman’s account of this difficult subject."—Christian Science Monitor. 100 two-color illustrations.


A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime
Thomas A. Moore
0070430276
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
This innovative, inexpensive supplement will add a special dimension to any general physics class, or advanced course in special relativity. Professor Moore has written a concise yet thorough introduction to topics in special relativity, developing concepts clearly and presenting them in an accessible manner.


The Universe in a Nutshell
Stephen Hawking
055380202X
January 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Stephen Hawking, science's first real rock star, may be the least-read bestselling author in history--it's no secret that many people who own A Brief History of Time have never finished it. Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell aims to remedy the situation, with a plethora of friendly illustrations to help readers grok some of the most brain-bending ideas ever conceived.

Does it succeed? Yes and no. While Hawking offers genuinely accessible context for such complexities as string theory and the nature of time, it's when he must translate equations to sentences that the limits of language get in the way. But Hawking has simplified the origin of the universe, the nature of space and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the...



Six Ideas That Shaped Physics
Thomas A. Moore
0072397144
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
SIX IDEAS THAT SHAPED PHYSICS is the 21st century's alternative to traditional, encyclopedic textbooks. Thomas Moore designed SIX IDEAS to teach students: --to apply basic physical principles to realistic situations --to solve realistic problems --to resolve contradictions between their preconceptions and the laws of physics --to organize the ideas of physics into an integrated hierarchy


Tensors, Relativity, and Cosmology
Mirjana Dalarsson
012200681X
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book combines relativity, astrophysics, and cosmology in a single volume, providing an introduction to each subject that enables students to understand more detailed treatises as well as the current literature. The section on general relativity gives the case for a curved space-time, presents the mathematical background (tensor calculus, Riemannian geometry), discusses the Einstein equation and its solutions (including black holes, Penrose processes, and similar topics), and considers the energy-momentum tensor for various solutions. The next section on relativistic astrophysics discusses stellar contraction and collapse, neutron stars and their equations of state, black holes, and accretion onto collapsed objects. Lastly, the section on cosmology discusses various cosmological models, observational tests, and...


Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Roger Penrose
0679454438
February 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
If Albert Einstein were alive, he would have a copy of The Road to Reality on his bookshelf. So would Isaac Newton. This may be the most complete mathematical explanation of the universe yet published, and Roger Penrose richly deserves the accolades he will receive for it. That said, let us be perfectly clear: this is not an easy book to read. The number of people in the world who can understand everything in it could probably take a taxi together to Penrose's next lecture. Still, math-friendly readers looking for a substantial and possibly even thrillingly difficult intellectual experience should pick up a copy (carefully--it's over a thousand pages long and weighs nearly 4 pounds) and start at the beginning, where Penrose sets out his purpose: to describe "the search for the underlying principles that govern the behavior...


Einstein's Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics
Albert Einstein
0691122288
March 2005
Textbook Paperback
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From Booklist
The anno mirabilis was 1905, when an obscure patent examiner published several papers. This volume consists of translations of Einstein's revolutionary papers that year, with introductions by physicist Roger Penrose and others that explain why these papers are among the most important scientific documents of this century--if not all time. As a group they are notable for bridging mechanical theories of physics--particles whizzing around--and the relativistic view. In the former category, Einstein figured out the sizes of molecules, and that their bombardments kept microscopic particles in motion, both mysterious matters hitherto. The relativity papers announce the two things everyone knows about Einstein besides his iconic appearance, that energy and mass are equivalent and that time is not absolute. That the soul...


Introduction to Relativity
John B. Kogut
0124175619
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Introduction to Relativity is intended to teach physics and astronomy majors at the freshman, sophomore or upper-division levels how to think about special and general relativity in a fundamental, but accessible, way. Designed to render any reader a "master of relativity", everything on the subject is comprehensible and derivable from first principles. The book emphasizes problem solving, contains abundant problem sets, and is conveniently organized to meet the needs of both student and instructor.

* Simplicity: the book teaches space and time in relativity in a physical fashion with minimal mathematics
* Conciseness: the book teaches relativity by emphasizing the basic simplicity of the principles at work
* Visualization: space-time diagrams (Minkowski) illustrate phenomena from simultaneity to the...


Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy
Mark McCutcheon
1581126018
December 2002
Paperback
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Chris Benfield, Science Writer, Yorkshire Post, January 2, 2004
"Mark McCutcheon must be a candidate for most ambitious amateur scientist of 2003." ... "My favorite science theory of the year."

Sheila O'Connor, American Markets Newsletter, Feb. 2004 issue
Sheds a new light of understanding on today's mysterious theories and beliefs. A fascinating book!

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Relativity
Albert Einstein
0131862618
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the Commentary by Robert Geroch (The corresponding section of Einstein’s text can be found below the comment. Please note that in the book, the Commentary is placed after the complete text of Relativity.) Section 17. Space-Time Minkowski’s viewpoint represents a "geometrization" of relativity. These ideas have, over the years, come to the forefront: They reflect the perspective of the majority of physicists working in relativity today. Let us expand on this viewpoint. The fundamental notion is that of an event, which we think of as a physical occurrence having negligibly small extension in both space and time. That is, an event is "small and quick," such as the explosion of a firecracker or the snapping of your fingers. Now consider the collection of all possible events in the universe—all...

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