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Title The perfect theory [electronic resource] : a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity / Pedro G. Ferreira.
Author Ferreira, Pedro G.
Publication Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Copyright date ©2014
Description 1 online resource (xv, 288 pages)
text file
Call # eBOOK
Summary "At the core of Einstein's general theory of relativity are a set of equations that explain the relationship among gravity, space, and time--possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics. For over a century, physicists have been exploring, debating, and at times neglecting Einstein's theory in their quest to uncover the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of solar systems, stars, and galaxies. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, Pedro Ferreira explains the theory through the human drama surrounding it: the personal feuds and intellectual battles of the biggest names in twentieth-century physics, from Einstein and Eddington to Hawking and Penrose. We are in the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics. As scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory engagingly reveals the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led, and where it can still take us"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- If a Person Falls Freely -- The Most Valuable Discovery -- Correct Mathematics, Abominable Physics -- Collapsing Stars -- Completely Cuckoo -- Radio Days -- Wheelerisms -- Singularities -- Unification Woes -- Seeing Gravity -- The Dark Universe -- The End of Spacetime -- A Spectacular Extrapolation -- Something Is Going to Happen.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject General relativity (Physics) -- History -- 20th century.
Physicists -- Biography.
Physics -- History -- 20th century.
Science -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Science and civilization -- History -- 20th century.
SCIENCE / Relativity.
SCIENCE / History.
General relativity (Physics) (OCoLC)fst00939815
Physicists. (OCoLC)fst01063014
Physics. (OCoLC)fst01063025
Science and civilization. (OCoLC)fst01108517
Science -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01108360
History.
Relativity.
Genre Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Ferreira, Pedro G. Perfect theory. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 9780547554891 (DLC) 2013021741 (OCoLC)823010640
ISBN 0547554907 (electronic bk.)
9780547554907 (electronic bk.)

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