God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

Paperback | November 28, 2000

byAmir D. Aczel

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Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein's "greatest blunder"?

In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science's greatest mystery.

In January 1998, astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. The way we perceive the universe was changed forever. The most compelling theory cosmologists could find to explain this phenomenon was Einstein's cosmological constant, a theory he conceived--and rejected---over eighty years ago.

Drawing on newly discovered letters of Einstein--many translated here for the first time--years of research, and interviews with prominent mathematicians, cosmologists, physicists, and astronomers, Aczel takes us on a fascinating journey into "the strange geometry of space-time," and into the mind of a genius. Here the unthinkable becomes real: an infinite, ever-expanding, ever-accelerating universe whose only absolute is the speed of light.

Awesome in scope, thrilling in detail, God's Equation is storytelling at its finest.

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Einstein revolutionized the world of science with his Special Theory of Relativity, and scientists are only now able to prove many of his most startling conjectures. God's Equation is an intimate look at the brilliant scientist who seemed to act as a mouthpiece of divine intelligence, and whose deep theories forever altered our sense o...

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Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein's "greatest blunder"?In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science's greatest mystery. In January 1998, astronomers found evid...

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Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein's "greatest blunder"? In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science's greatest mystery. In January 1998, astronomers found evi...

Amir D. Aczel, Ph.D., author of "Fermat's Last Theorem"&"Probability 1," teaches mathematics at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:November 28, 2000Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Einstein revolutionized the world of science with his Special Theory of Relativity, and scientists are only now able to prove many of his most startling conjectures. God's Equation is an intimate look at the brilliant scientist who seemed to act as a mouthpiece of divine intelligence, and whose deep theories forever altered our sense of our place in the world. Written by Fermat's Last Theorem author Amir D. Aczel, it explains Einstein's ideas in layman's terms, and reveals the ideas and the man behind the relativity theory.

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"[Einstein's] field equation remains the closest thing we have to a divine blueprint for the universe....Aczel gives a very readable account of the science and the scientists involved."-- Kirkus Reviews "There is something startling on just about every page."-- San Francisco Chronicle"It is a wonderful time to glance back over Einstein's path in developing the field equation...fortunately, we have a fabulous guide in Amir D. Aczel."-- Discover