Einstein's Universe: Gravity at Work and Play

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Science - 282 pages
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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The first real book on cosmology that i truly read and to date one of my favourites. Zee describes space time and its curvature in a lucid and unforgettable way. From the string theory to the inflationary model, he takes you on a time travel that encompasses the evolution of our theories on the four fundamental forces and our quest to understand the nature of our universe. Ofcourse, with a slight bias towards gravity. How it bends and twists the world around us, be it at work or play... 

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About the author (2001)

A. Zee is at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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