Albert Einstein's Vision: Remarkable Discoveries that Shaped Modern Science

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Prometheus Books, 2004 - Science - 286 pages
Nearly everyone has heard of Einstein's theory of relativity, but few people know of this gifted scientist's contribution to other areas of science, including the possibility of time travel. His insights into the workings of nature were phenomenal. In fact, there are few areas of science that have not been impacted by Einstein's ability to see what others did not. This is all the more amazing since Einstein worked half a century ago, without the benefit of modern technology. Does Einstein's vision continue to shape science today? And, if so, how will it continue to shape it in the future? Acclaimed science writer Barry Parker completes his trilogy on Albert Einstein with Albert Einstein's Vision, which shows the incredibly wide-ranging influence of Einstein's many discoveries. In the first volume, Einstein's Brainchild, Parker focused on relativity. In the second volume, Einstein: The Passions of a Scientist, the great man's human side and his diverse interests beyond science were Parker's main topic. Now the author turns once again to Einstein as creative scientist, concentrating on his prolific output of far-reaching contributions that complement and broaden his discovery of relativity. Moreover, Parker provides an indelible portrait of the man behind the theories. In clear and eloquent language, acclaimed science writer Barry Parker helps us appreciate the breadth and richness of Einstein's vision: from Einstein's theories supporting time travel, to his research on curved space, the cosmological constant, black holes, quantum theory, and beyond. Parker also discusses Einstein's reluctant connection with atomic weapons, his pacifist philosophy, his quest for the elusive unified field theory, and the relationship of his work to the recent "hot" area of superstrings. In clear and eloquent language, Parker helps us appreciate the breadth and richness of Einstein's vision, discussing the renowned scientist's lesser-known contributions, from Einstein's theories supporting time travel, to his research on curved space, the cosmological constant, black holes, wormholes, gravity waves, and cosmic lenses, to quantum theory, and beyond. Parker also discusses Einstein's reluctant connection with atomic weapons, his pacifist philosophy, his quest for the elusive unified field theory that occupied thirty years of his life, and the relationship of his work to the recent "hot" area of superstrings. Even readers already familiar with Einstein's work will discover a wealth of new material in this contribution to the Einstein literature. Parker's gift for turning complex physics into lucid prose has produced the most complete and accessible volume to elucidate for everyone the magnificent contributions of the most brilliant of scientists.

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Contents

Preface
11
Twists in the Fabric of Space
23
Expanding to Space
45
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Parker, a professor of physics at Idaho State University from 1967 go 1997, is an awarding-winning science writer.

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