Einstein's Universe: Gravity at Work and Play

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Science - 282 pages
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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.
 

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An old man's toy: gravity at work and play in Einstein's universe

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Among the numerous authors who have written popularizations of contemporary physics, none is better than Zee at explaining things simply. Saying that "Physics began with gravity, and it may end with ... Read full review

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Out of print but thanks to amazon you can still find it. Great way to learn about quantum mechanics if you're not entirely science-oriented. And well written (for a scientist). Read full review

Contents

THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE
47
STRUCTURES OUT OF THE VOID
103
THE MYSTERY OF GRAVITY
189
Afterword
245
Notes
255
Index
275
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A. Zee is at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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