The perfect theory : a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity
(eBook)

Book Cover
Average Rating
Published:
[United States] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Format:
eBook
ISBN:
9780547554907 (electronic bk.), 0547554907 (electronic bk.)
Content Description:
1 online resource
Status:
Available Online
Description

Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. This has driven their work to unveil the universe's surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory's tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma. Einstein's theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics-yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler's Germany, hounded in Stalin's Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Still, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein's theory. 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 exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led-and where it can still take us.

Also in This Series
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
Language:
English

Notes

Restrictions on Access
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Description
Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. This has driven their work to unveil the universe's surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory's tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma. Einstein's theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics-yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler's Germany, hounded in Stalin's Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Still, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein's theory. 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 exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led-and where it can still take us.
System Details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Ferreira, P. G. (2014). The perfect theory: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity. [United States]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Ferreira, Pedro G.. 2014. The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity. [United States]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Ferreira, Pedro G., The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity. [United States]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Ferreira, Pedro G.. The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity. [United States]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
202d9366-6c60-cd3c-71f8-267a41a3dfd0
Go To Grouped Work

Hoopla Extract Information

hooplaId12179093
titleThe Perfect Theory
kindEBOOK
price2.05
active1
pa0
profanity0
children0
demo0
rating
abridged0
dateLastUpdatedMay 09, 2019 10:09:54 PM

MARC Record

Last File Modification TimeSep 01, 2019 04:19:32 AM
Last Grouped Work Modification TimeSep 01, 2019 02:17:41 AM
LEADER03533nam a22004455a 4500
001MWT12179093
003MWT
00520190827104943.1
006m     o  d        
007cr cn|||||||||
008180824s2014    xxu    es     000 0 eng d
020 |a 9780547554907 (electronic bk.)
020 |a 0547554907 (electronic bk.)
02842|a MWT12179093
029 |a https://d2snwnmzyr8jue.cloudfront.net/opr_9780547554907_180.jpeg
037 |a 12179093|b Midwest Tape, LLC|n http://www.midwesttapes.com
040 |a Midwest|e rda
08204|a 530.11|2 23
099 |a eBook hoopla
1001 |a Ferreira, Pedro G.,|e author.
24514|a The perfect theory :|b a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity|h [electronic resource] /|c Pedro G. Ferreira.
264 1|a [United States] :|b Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,|c 2014.
264 2|b Made available through hoopla
300 |a 1 online resource
336 |a text|b txt|2 rdacontent
337 |a computer|b c|2 rdamedia
338 |a online resource|b cr|2 rdacarrier
347 |a text file|2 rda
506 |a Digital content provided by hoopla.
520 |a Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. This has driven their work to unveil the universe's surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory's tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma. Einstein's theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics-yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler's Germany, hounded in Stalin's Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Still, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein's theory. 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 exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led-and where it can still take us.
538 |a Mode of access: World Wide Web.
650 0|a General relativity (Physics)|x History|y 20th century.
650 0|a Physicists|v Biography.
650 0|a Physics|x History|y 20th century.
650 0|a Science|x Social aspects|x History|y 20th century.
650 0|a Science and civilization|x History|y 20th century.
650 0|a Electronic books.
7102 |a hoopla digital.
85640|u https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12179093?utm_source=MARC|z Instantly available on hoopla.
85642|z Cover image|u https://d2snwnmzyr8jue.cloudfront.net/opr_9780547554907_180.jpeg