Einstein's Greatest Mistake

A Biography

Author: David Bodanis

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780544808560

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Page: 288

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From the best-selling author ofE=mc2," a brisk intellectual biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and fallibility of the titan of modern physics"
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Brilliant Blunders

From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Author: Mario Livio

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439192383

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this “scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book” (Martin Rees, author of From Here to Infinity) illuminates the path to scientific discovery. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein all made groundbreaking contributions to their fields—but each also stumbled badly. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world’s premier chemist, constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). And Albert Einstein speculated incorrectly about the forces of the universe—and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. As Mario Livio luminously explains in this “thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself” (The New York Times Book Review), these five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. “Thoughtful, well-researched, and beautifully written” (The Washington Post), Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists—and the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous.
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Cosmic Jackpot

Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547415765

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Cosmic Jackpot is Paul Davies’s eagerly awaited return to cosmology, the successor to his critically acclaimed bestseller The Mind of God. Here he tackles all the "big questions," including the biggest of them all: Why does the universe seem so well adapted for life? In his characteristically clear and elegant style, Davies shows how recent scientific discoveries point to a perplexing fact: many different aspects of the cosmos, from the properties of the humble carbon atom to the speed of light, seem tailor-made to produce life. A radical new theory says it’s because our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes, each one slightly different. Our universe is bio-friendly by accident -- we just happened to win the cosmic jackpot. While this "multiverse" theory is compelling, it has bizarre implications, such as the existence of infinite copies of each of us and Matrix-like simulated universes. And it still leaves a lot unexplained. Davies believes there’s a more satisfying solution to the problem of existence: the observations we make today could help shape the nature of reality in the remote past. If this is true, then life -- and, ultimately, consciousness -- aren’t just incidental byproducts of nature, but central players in the evolution of the universe. Whether he’s elucidating dark matter or dark energy, M-theory or the multiverse, Davies brings the leading edge of science into sharp focus, provoking us to think about the cosmos and our place within it in new and thrilling ways.
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Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

Author: Hans C. Ohanian

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393337685

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Evaluates the contributions and achievements of Einstein from an alternative perspective of his mistakes and reliance on his predecessors, offering insight into how the discoveries of such figures as Galileo, Newton, and Copernicus shaped Einstein's career and how failures in his personal and professional arenas influenced his iconic character.
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About Time

Einstein's Unfinished Revolution

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684818221

Category: Science

Page: 316

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Examines the ramifications of Einstein's relativity theory, exploring the mysteries of time and considering black holes, time travel, the existence of God, and the nature of the universe
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Brilliant Mistakes

Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure

Author: Paul Schoemaker

Publisher: Wharton Digital Press

ISBN: 1613630123

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

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If you have ever flown in an airplane, used electricity from a nuclear power plant, or taken an antibiotic, you have benefited from a brilliant mistake. Schoemaker provides a practical roadmap for using mistakes to accelerate learning for your organization and yourself.
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Physics Before and After Einstein

Author: Marco Mamone Capria

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 1586034626

Category: Science

Page: 324

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It is now a century ago that one of the icons of modern physics published some of the most influential scientific papers of all times. With his work on relativity and quantum theory, Albert Einstein has altered the field of physics forever. It should not come as a surprise that looking back at Einstein's work, one needs to rethink the whole scope of physics, before and after his time. This books aims to provide a perspective on the history of modern physics, spanning from the late 19th century up to today. It is not an encyclopaedic work, but it presents the groundbreaking and sometimes provocative main contributions by Einstein as marking the line between 'old' and 'new' physics, and expands on some of the developments and open issues to which they gave rise. This presentation is not meant as a mere celebration of Einstein's work, but as a critical appraisal which provides accurate historical and conceptual information. The contributing authors all have a reputation for working on themes related to Einstein's work and its consequences.Therefore, the collection of papers gives a good representation of what happened in the 100 years after Einstein's landmark Annalen der Physik articles. All people interested in the field of physics, history of science and epistemology could benefit from this book. An effort has been made to make the book attractive not only to scientists, but also to people with a more basic knowledge of mathematics and physics.
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Masterplots II.

Juvenile and young adult biography series

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography

Page: N.A

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A new theory of cosmology

symmetrical expansion of the metagalaxy and of the antimetagalaxy into the opposite directions of the time dimension and changes of "fundamental constants" of atomic physics as a function of expanding spacetime

Author: Nicodemus E. Boyer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 729

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