Synopses & Reviews
A Spellbinding Thriller about a Science History
Professor on the Run for his Life and an Unpublished Einstein
Theory that Could Change the World
Debut novelist Mark Alpert brings one of the most explosive books of 2008, seamlessly weaving current issues of science, history, and politics with white-knuckle chases.
David Swift, a professor at Columbia University, is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist who's been brutally tortured. Before dying, the old man wheezes "Einheitliche Feldtheorie." The Theory of Everything. The Destroyer of Worlds. Could this be Einstein's proposed Unified Theory--a set of equations that combines the physics of galaxies with the laws of atoms? Einstein never succeeded in discovering it. Or did he? Within hours of hearing his mentor's last words, David is running for his life. The FBI and a ruthless mercenary are vying to get their hands on the long-hidden theory. Teaming up with his old girlfriend, a brilliant Princeton scientist, David frantically works out Einstein's final theory to reveal the staggering scope of its consequences.
With publishers around the world snapping up rights in twenty-two countries, the book has already become a global phenomenon, and the dynamic characters and gripping plot will keep readers compulsively turning the pages until the very end.
"Final Theory is a stupendous read! Real characters, real science, a deliciously explosive premise, and a breakneck plot combine to make this one of the finest science-based thrillers to appear in a long time. Final Theory rules. If I were Michael Crichton, I'd be packing my bags and heading for a quiet retirement in Tahiti..." -- Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy
"I have always been fascinated by the potential of science, the point where physics appears to defy its own laws and behave in uncertain ways. Thanks to this wonderful novel, I have reunited with an old passion and enjoyed a journey full of unexpected twists and drama." -- Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper
"A high-IQ doomsday thriller with clearly explicated and hauntingly beautiful scientific theories...[A] satisfying high-tech, high-stakes adventure." -- Booklist (starred)
"A pure potboiler...Well-plotted, well-written...You'll love it." -- Sharon Begley, Newsweek.com
"Final Theory has everything I love in a novel: heart-pounding tension, astonishing plot twists, and fascinating science. Mark Alpert manages to make physics more thrilling than I ever imagined!" -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Garden
"An ingenious twist on Einstein's genius." -- Thomas Greanias, New York Times bestselling author of Raising Atlantis
"The relentless action, including one giant twist and plenty of smaller ones, builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion." -- Publishers Weekly
"Wow! Einstein would have loved this book. It's a great thriller, it has a sure feel for politics, and the science is both fun and solid. He always dreamed that he would discover a unified theory that explained all of nature's forces. Now this book makes the quest come alive." -- Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein
"A physics-based version of the Da Vinci Code...The work of an expert with a pertinent skill". -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Alpert has a rare gift for combining cutting-edge science with an unrelenting pace and edge-of-the-seat action. An impressive debut." -- Kyle Mills, New York Times bestselling author of Rising Phoenix
IN A BLAZING FICTION DEBUT, MARK ALPERT TAKES PHYSICS OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND INTO THE HIGH-STAKES REALM OF ACTION, DANGER, AND A PLOT THAT COULD DOOM THE WORLD. . . .
An elderly physicist, one of Einsteins last living colleagues, is brutally tortured, then left to die, when he refuses to reveal what he knows about a long-hidden secretthe solution to Einsteins proposed Unified Field Theory.
As his life ebbs, he whispers a mysterious string of numbers to Columbia professor David Swift. Torn between excitement and disbelief that such a momentous discovery could have remained a secret for all these years, David has no time for thought. Already, both a lethal Russian assassin and the FBI are hot on his trail. His one hope is to team up with his former girlfriend Monique Reynolds, a brilliant Princeton scientist, in a desperate race to uncover the shocking truth before they are both silenced . . . forever.
Columbia University professor David Swift is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist whos been brutally attacked.
With his last words, the dying man gives his former pupil a seemingly random string of numbers that could hold the key to Einsteins last and greatest secret. Einheitliche Feldtheorie. The Theory of Everything. Einsteins proposed Unified Theory—a set of equations that could explain all the forces of nature—would have revolutionized our understanding of the universe. But Einstein never discovered it. Or did he? Within hours, David is arrested by the FBI and taken to a secret interrogation center. But the FBI isnt the only faction pursuing Einsteins long-hidden theory. A Russian mercenary wants to force David to talk—and he will do whatever it takes. On the run for his life, David teams up with an old girlfriend, a brilliant Princeton scientist, and frantically tries to piece together Einsteins final theory to reveal its staggering consequences.
We used E=mc2 to build the atom bomb…What could we do with the key to creation?
Seamlessly weaving real science, history, and politics with an intriguing love story, Final Theory expertly combines fact and fiction with nonstop heart-pounding action in a plot that will have you riveted until its explosive end.
About the Author
A self-described lifelong "science geek," Mark Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University, writing his undergraduate thesis on an application of Einstein's theory of relativity. After earning an MFA in poetry at Columbia and working as a reporter, he became an editor at Scientific American, where he simplifies bewildering scientific ideas for the magazine's readers. Mark lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.