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The perfect theory : a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity, Pedro G. Ferreira

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The perfect theory : a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity
Title
The perfect theory
Title remainder
a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity
Statement of responsibility
Pedro G. Ferreira
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Language
eng
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"--
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contains biographical information
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferreira, Pedro G
Index
index present
LC call number
QC173.6
LC item number
.F47 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • General relativity (Physics)
  • Physicists
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Science and civilization
  • SCIENCE / Relativity
  • SCIENCE / History
  • General relativity (Physics)
  • Physicists
  • Physics
  • Science and civilization
  • Science
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The perfect theory : a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity, Pedro G. Ferreira
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [258]-269) 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
Control code
823010640
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 288 p.
Isbn
9780547554891
Lccn
2013021741
System control number
(OCoLC)823010640
Label
The perfect theory : a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity, Pedro G. Ferreira
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [258]-269) 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
Control code
823010640
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 288 p.
Isbn
9780547554891
Lccn
2013021741
System control number
(OCoLC)823010640

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