Einstein for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764583484
ISBN-13: 9780764583483
Edition: 2005
Authors: Carlos I. Calle
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Description: Genius demystified, the Dummies way! In 1905, Albert Einstein revolutionized modern physics with his theory of relativity. He went on to become a twentieth-century icon-a man whose name and face are synonymous with "genius." Now, at last, ordinary  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Genius demystified, the Dummies way! In 1905, Albert Einstein revolutionized modern physics with his theory of relativity. He went on to become a twentieth-century icon-a man whose name and face are synonymous with "genius." Now, at last, ordinary readers can explore Einstein's life and work in this new For Dummies guide. Physicist Carlos Calle chronicles Einstein's career and explains his work-including the theories of special and general relativity-in language that anyone can understand. He shows how Einstein's discoveries affected everything from the development of the atom bomb to the theory of quantum mechanics. He sheds light on Einstein's personal life and beliefs, including his views on religion and politics. And he shows how Einstein's work continues to affect our world today, from nuclear power to space travel to artificial intelligence.

Introduction
About This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
A Genius Awakens
Who Was Einstein?
Dissecting That Famous Brain
Touring Einstein's Life
Appreciating His Contributions
Standing in Awe
Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Man
Glimpsing Albert's Early Years
Dropping Out of High School
Spending a Great Year at a Swiss School
Becoming a College Rebel
Falling in Love Again
Asserting His Independence
Moving Forward
1905: Einstein's Miracle Year
Searching for Work
The Botched-Up House of Physics
Storming the Scientific World
On the Shoulders of Giants: What Einstein Learned in School
A Clockwork Universe
Introducing the First Astronomers
Sowing the Seeds of Physics
Battling with Mars: Later Astronomers
Inventing Modern Science: Galileo
Marveling at Newton's Miracle Year
Developing Newtonian Physics
Sharing Genius: Newton and Einstein
The Arrow of Time
Identifying the Laws of Thermodynamics
Following the Arrow of Time
Bringing Einstein into the Equation
Einstein's Most Fascinating Subject
Bringing Invisible Forces to Light
Identifying Forces and Fields
Sensing the Attraction Between Electricity and Magnetism
Failing a Demo, and Changing Science
Creating a Current
The Great Scot: Appreciating Maxwell
Creating T-shirt Equations
And There Was Light
Trying to Measure the Speed of Light
Proving Maxwell Right
Creating a Theory of Colors
Pitting Particles Against Waves
The Special Theory of Relativity
Relativity Before Einstein
Conducting the First Motion Experiments
Establishing the Principle of Relativity
Creating Another Relativity
Identifying the Man Who Almost Discovered Relativity
Riding on a Beam of Light
Accounting for the Ether
Struggling with an Inconsistency
Laying the Cornerstones of Relativity
You See, Light Always Travels at c
Making Physics Beautiful
Clocks, Trains, and Automobiles: Exploring Space and Time
Your Time Is Not My Time
Dilating Time
Shortening Space
Deciding If It's All Real
Mixing Space and Time
Making Interstellar Travel Possible
The Equation
Bringing Mass into the Equation
Choosing c[superscript 2]
Formulating E = mc[superscript 2]
Introducing Professor Einstein
The General Theory of Relativity
Einstein's Second Theory of Relativity
The Happiest Thought of My Life
Linking Acceleration in Space and on Earth
Taking a Quantum Break
Trying to Extend the Theory of Relativity
Creating a New System of the World
Becoming a Mainstream Celebrity
Black Holes Ain't So Black
Finding the Geometry of Spacetime from Einstein's Field Equation
Formulating the Black Hole Idea
Studying Collapsing Stars
Reviving Interest in Black Holes
Starting the Hunt
Understanding How the Universe Makes Black Holes
So, What Is a Black Hole Anyway?
Contemplating Time Travel
Was Einstein Right about Relativity?
Conducting Early Tests of Relativity
Confirming Gravity's Effects on Light
Making GPS Accurate
Measuring the Curvature of Spacetime
So, Was He Right?
The Quantum and the Universe
Atoms Before Einstein
Proving the Reality of Atoms
Understanding Atoms with a Grain of Salt
Probing the Atom
Discovering Quanta
Exploring the Bohr Atom
Quantum Leap: God Plays Dice
Discovering the Quantum
Imagining Waves of Matter
Discovering the New Mechanics of the Atom
Contemplating Wave Mechanics
Succumbing to the New Physics
Einstein and the Bomb
Warning the President: Einstein's Letter
Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell
Discovering Nuclear Fission
Making the Bomb
Remaining a Pacifist
Einstein's Greatest Blunder
Looking for the Edge of the Universe
Calculating the Curvature of the Universe
Einstein's Model of the Universe
Watching the Universe Expand
Not a Blunder After All
Reevaluating Einstein's Universe
Exploring the Runaway Universe
Reviving the Cosmological Constant: Einstein Was Right After All
What Is the Cosmological Constant?
Looking to Unify All of Physics
Reviving Einstein's Dream
The Part of Tens
Ten Insights into Einstein's Beliefs on Religion and Philosophy
Wrestling with Judaism
Defining What It Means to Be Religious
Reconciling Religion and Science
Meeting Einstein's God
Tracking the Development of Religion
Holding On Tight to Determinism
Reading Philosophy
Defining Thinking
Interpreting the Scientific Method
Stating the Goals of Science
Ten Women Who Influenced Einstein
Einstein's Mother, Pauline
Einstein's Sister, Maja
Einstein's First Wife, Mileva Maric
Einstein's Daughter, Lieserl
Einstein's Second Wife, Elsa
Einstein's Stepdaughter Ilse
Einstein's Stepdaughter Margot
Einstein's Secretary, Helen Dukas
Einstein's First Love, Marie Winteler
Marie Curie
Glossary
Einstein Timeline
Index

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