EINSTEIN'S MASTERWORK


EINSTEIN'S MASTERWORK

JOHN GRIBBIN    Book Number: 84289    Product format: Paperback

In 1905, Albert Einstein published four scientific papers that had a profound influence on the science of the 20th century. An equation from one of those papers, E=MC² is the most famous equation in all of science and for another of his contributions that year he received the Nobel Prize. Exactly ten years later in 1915 he presented his masterwork to the Prussian Academy of Sciences - A Theory of Gravity, Matter, Space and Time which we know as the 'General Theory of Relativity' which describes the evolution of the Universe, black holes, the behaviour of orbiting neutron stars, gravitational lensing and why clocks run slower on the surface of the Earth than in space. It even suggests the possibility of time travel. He completed the work in Berlin during WW1, where he later suffered from malnutrition caused by food shortages resulting from the Allied blockade of Germany and was nursed by his cousin Elsa, who became his second wife. The accuracy of his theory was confirmed by British astronomers at a time when Britain and Germany were technically still at war. In February 2016, just as this edition of this book was going to press, a large team of scientists announced the first direct detection of the gravitational radiation predicted by Einstein in 1916, here described in chapter four. Here is his masterwork of 'incomparable beauty' and the ultimate proof of its accuracy. John Gribbin vividly illustrates what an incomparable scientist Albert Einstein really was. 226pp in paperback, eight pages of photos.
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