Einstein's Dream The Search For A Unified Theory Of The Universe

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  • Copyright: 2001-07-30
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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The author chronicles the search for . . . a theory to explain all natural fields and their interaction with particles. . . . Lives and contributions of physicists and cosmologists, starting with the pioneers of scientific cosmology in the 19th century, are described. Topics range from Maxwell's discovery of the laws of magnetic fields to Hawking's work on black hole physics. A concluding chapter looks at the current state of unified field theory. (Sci Books Films)

Author Biography

Barry Parker, Ph.D, is an award-winning science writer and the author of eleven highly acclaimed books in popular science, including Alien Life, Cosmic Time Travel, Einstein's Dream, and Einstein's Brainchild.

Table of Contents

The Goalp. 1
The Search for Meaningp. 8
Einstein's Dreamp. 17
Warped Space-Timep. 21
Curved Spacep. 26
Einstein and Warped Space-Timep. 29
Extreme Warpingp. 46
Early Unified Field Theoriesp. 41
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Fieldp. 50
Early Attempts at Unificationp. 61
Einstein's Unified Field Theoryp. 66
Star Deathp. 73
Eddingtonp. 74
The Life Cycle of a Starp. 79
Chandrasekhar and the White Dwarfsp. 84
Beyond the White Dwarfp. 89
Reflectionp. 95
The Ultimate Abyss: The Black Holep. 97
Oppenheimer and Continuing Collapsep. 100
Collapse of a Star to a Black Holep. 107
Inside a Black Holep. 110
Other Types of Black Holesp. 112
Searching for Black Holesp. 114
Other Black Hole Candidatesp. 118
A Realistic Look at the Exotic Possibilitiesp. 120
Where the Theory Breaks Downp. 124
The Discovery of Evaporating Black Holesp. 126
The Link between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanicsp. 131
The Early Universep. 133
Discovery of the Expanding Universep. 134
Back to the Big Bangp. 154
The Ultimate Singularityp. 156
Inflationp. 159
The Hadron Erap. 159
The Lepton Erap. 161
The Radiation Erap. 161
The Cosmic Background Radiationp. 162
The Galaxy Erap. 166
Reflectionp. 168
Cosmological Controversyp. 171
The Age of the Universep. 174
The Redshift Controversyp. 181
Rival Cosmologiesp. 186
Varying G Cosmologies and Cosmic Numbersp. 191
Antimatter and Other Cosmologiesp. 193
Other Universesp. 195
The Final Fate of the Universep. 199
The Missing Massp. 201
Other Methods of Determining if the Universe Is Open or Closedp. 206
Fate of the Closed Universep. 208
Bouncep. 209
Fate of the Open Universep. 211
The World of Particles and Fieldsp. 213
Dirac's Equationp. 217
The Infinitiesp. 220
Renormalizationp. 222
Yukawap. 230
Gauge Theoryp. 233
The Weak Interactionsp. 237
Quantum Chromodynamicsp. 241
Summary and Further Subdivisionp. 249
A Unified Theory of the Universep. 253
Supergravity and Superstringsp. 263
Twistors and Heaven (H Space)p. 268
Epiloguep. 271
The Futurep. 273
The New Einsteinp. 274
Further Readingp. 277
Indexp. 279
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