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Einstein's Universe Gravity at Work and Play

ISBN-10: 0195142853
ISBN-13: 9780195142853
Edition: 2001
Authors: A. Zee
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Description: On Albert Einstein's seventy-sixth and final birthday, a friend gave him a simple toy made from a broomstick, a brass ball attached to a length of string, and a weak spring. Einstein was delighted: the toy worked on a principle he had conceived  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/19/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

On Albert Einstein's seventy-sixth and final birthday, a friend gave him a simple toy made from a broomstick, a brass ball attached to a length of string, and a weak spring. Einstein was delighted: the toy worked on a principle he had conceived fifty years earlier when he was working on his revolutionary theory of gravity--a principle whose implications are still confounding physicists today. Starting with this winning anecdote, Anthony Zee begins his animated discussion of phenomena ranging from the emergence of galaxies to the curvature of space-time, evidence for the existence of gravity waves, and the shape of the universe in the first nanoseconds of creation and today. Making complex ideas accessible without oversimplifying, Zee leads the reader through the implications of Einstein's theory and its influence on modern physics. His playful and lucid style conveys the excitement of some of the latest developments in physics, and his new Afterword brings things even further up-to-date.

Preface to the Oxford Edition
Preface
Prologue: The Apple and the Moon
The Rise of Gravity
An Old Man's Toy
Hastening Through Space and Time
The Mighty Shall Be Weak
The Expanding Universe
Outward Bound
Darkness at Night
From the Big Chill to the Big Bang
Structures Out of the Void
The Universe Begets Matter
The Rich Get Richer
From Hair Whorls to the Edge of Creation
Ghost Riders in the Sky
Crowned with a Halo
The Mystery of Gravity
The Fall and Rise of Gravity
The Music of Strings
The Thinking Man and the Laughing God
Afterword
Notes
Index

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