Einsteins Universe: Gravity at Work and Play by A. Zee

Einsteins Universe: Gravity at Work and Play

byA. Zee

Paperback | January 15, 2001

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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 hisrevolutionary 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. Makingcomplex 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 furtherup-to-date.

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A. Zee is at University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Title:Einsteins Universe: Gravity at Work and PlayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.91 × 8.82 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"A. Zee is that rare creature: a physicist who knows how to tell a story. (His previous book) Fearful Symmetry was...lucid, entertaining. In this reprise, Zee is just as fascinating, and even funnier...with his prankish good humor and gifts for simplifying the complicated.... An Old Man's Toy[Einstein's Universe] is both a delightful read and a faithful yet accessible look at an avant-garde that is far more revolutionary than any downtown's club scene...it is too rare an opportunity to miss."--Life of New York