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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.
Explore Einstein's life and work in this biography. Sheds light on his personal life and beliefs, his views on religion and politics, how his work continues to affect our world today and more.
Understand his theories of special and general relativity
The genius of Einstein demystified the Dummies Way!
Eager to understand Einstein? This fun, accessible guide clearly explains his amazing theories and the tremendous impact of his discoveries on contemporary life and science. You get a glimpse into Einstein's personal life and beliefs, as well as an overview of the main events that shaped his ideas and laid the groundwork for his accomplishments.
- Einstein's thoughts and motivations
- The scientists who influenced his work
- His connection to the nuclear bomb
- Einstein's greatest blunder
About the Author
Carlos I. Calle, PhD, is a NASA senior research scientist with a doctorate in physics and extensive professional experience in Einstein's theories.
Table of Contents
Part I: A Genius Awakens 5
Chapter 1: Who Was Einstein? 7
Chapter 2: Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Man 17
Chapter 3: 1905: Einstein's Miracle Year 37
Part II: On the Shoulders of Giants: What Einstein Learned in School 47
Chapter 4: A Clockwork Universe 49
Chapter 5: The Arrow of Time 69
Chapter 6: Einstein's Most Fascinating Subject 81
Chapter 7: And There Was Light 97
Part III: The Special Theory of Relativity 111
Chapter 8: Relativity Before Einstein 113
Chapter 9: Riding on a Beam of Light 123
Chapter 10: Clocks, Trains, and Automobiles: Exploring Space and Time 135
Chapter 11: The Equation 147
Part IV: The General Theory of Relativity 161
Chapter 12: Einstein's Second Theory of Relativity 163
Chapter 13: "Black Holes Ain't So Black" 187
Chapter 14: Was Einstein Right about Relativity? 211
Part V: The Quantum and the Universe 229
Chapter 15: Atoms Before Einstein 231
Chapter 16: Quantum Leap: God Plays Dice 247
Chapter 17: Einstein and the Bomb 269
Chapter 18: Einstein's Greatest Blunder 289
Chapter 19: Not a Blunder After All 303
Part VI: The Part of Tens 319
Chapter 20: Ten Insights into Einstein's Beliefs on Religion and Philosophy 321
Chapter 21: Ten Women Who Influenced Einstein 329
Appendix A: Glossary 339
Appendix B: Einstein Timeline 343