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Einstein & Our World 2ND Editionby David Cassidy
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Born in Germany during the imperial era in 1879, Albert Einstein died seventy-six years later in Princeton, New Jersey, one decade after the defeat of Nazi Germany and the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Japan.
While most available works on Einstein trace the origins and evolution of Einsteins views and theories, Einstein and Our World, by award-winning science historian, educator, and Einstein scholar David C. Cassidy, provides a fascinating account of the impact of Einsteins work and outlook upon contemporary culture and upon the scientific enterprise itself.
Following a brief, nontechnical explanation of the significance of Einsteins achievements, Prof. Cassidy takes the reader on an intriguing journey through the uses and abuses of Einsteins relativity theory in such widely diverse settings as political ideology, philosophy of science, literature, art, religion, and the individual in an age of dictatorship, genocide, and weapons of mass destruction. Cassidy explores how Einsteins work spread throughout the physical sciences, leading to a new conception of the theoretical physicist as both physicist and cultural figure. While public fascination with Einsteins achievements grew, his authority as an influential spokesman for human dignity, intellectual freedom, and world peace continued to the end of his life.
This new edition, besides updating and revising the content of the first edition, includes a number of important new topics that could not be included in the original edition: more on Einsteins personal life in the light of recent revelations; a new section on Einstein and peace; and an assessment of Einsteins continuing influence in the post-September 11 era.
Book News Annotation:
Cassidy (natural science, Hofstra U.) traces the impact on society of the views and theories of physicist, essayist, and man of moral principles Albert Einstein (1879-1955). He looks at the scientific and cultural climate and his upbringing at the turn of the 20th century, the impact on physics of relativity and the quantum, relativity and the public, cultural resonances, and science and conscience. No date is noted for the first edition.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
David Cassidy (Hempstead, NY), formerly associate editor of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, is currently professor of natural science at Hofstra University. He is also the author of Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg (used as a basis of the Broadway play Copenhagen) and the coauthor with G. Holton and J. Rutherford of Understanding Physics.
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