Einstein For Dummies
In 1905, Albert Einstein revolutionized modern physics with his theory of relativity. He went on to become a twentieth-century icon-a man whose name and face are synonymous with "genius." Now, at last, ordinary readers can explore Einstein's life and work in this new For Dummies guide. Physicist Carlos Calle chronicles Einstein's career and explains his work-including the theories of special and general relativity-in language that anyone can understand. He shows how Einstein's discoveries affected everything from the development of the atom bomb to the theory of quantum mechanics. He sheds light on Einstein's personal life and beliefs, including his views on religion and politics. And he shows how Einstein's work continues to affect our world today, from nuclear power to space travel to artificial intelligence.
Part I: A Genius Awakens
Chapter 1: Who Was Einstein?
Chapter 2: Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Man
Chapter 3: 1905: Einstein’s Miracle Year
Part II: On the Shoulders of Giants: What Einstein Learned in School
Chapter 4: A Clockwork Universe
Chapter 5: The Arrow of Time
Chapter 6: Einstein’s Most Fascinating Subject
Chapter 7: And There Was Light
Part III: The Special Theory of Relativity
Chapter 8: Relativity Before Einstein
Chapter 9: Riding on a Beam of Light
Chapter 10: Clocks, Trains, and Automobiles: Exploring Space and Time
Chapter 11: The Equation
Part IV: The General Theory of Relativity
Chapter 12: Einstein’s Second Theory of Relativity
Chapter 13: “Black Holes Ain’t So Black”
Chapter 14: Was Einstein Right about Relativity?
Part V: The Quantum and the Universe
Chapter 15: Atoms Before Einstein
Chapter 16: Quantum Leap: God Plays Dice
Chapter 17: Einstein and the Bomb
Chapter 18: Einstein’s Greatest Blunder
Chapter 19: Not a Blunder After All
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 20: Ten Insights into Einstein’s Beliefs on Religion and Philosophy
Chapter 21: Ten Women Who Influenced Einstein
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Einstein Timeline
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