Einstein's Universe : The Layperson's Guide

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2005-05-31
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Nigel Calder’s landmark book has been acclaimed for making Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity accessible to the public. The universe that Einstein built is an astonishing skyscape of bent starlight, high-speed astronauts, black holes, stormy galaxies, and exploding spacetime. Today it seems more certain than ever that we live in the cosmos he described—yet often we still fail to understand it. Einstein’s Universeunlocks the secrets of an astounding vision of the world. How can a black hole keep you young? Why does a falling person feel no force of gravity? Answering these and many other questions, Einstein’s Universemakes plain the debt that humanity owes to the man who completely reshaped our ideas of energy, time, and motion.

Author Biography

Nigel Calder is a prolific science writer who has contributed to both British and American publications, including Science and Nation. He wrote the script for the television series Einstein-'s Universe. His book Magic Cosmos was shortlisted for the 2004 Aventis Science Book Prize.

Table of Contents

Cosmic whirlwindp. 3
The wasting sunp. 10
Energy of creationp. 18
The ultimate waterfallp. 27
Einstein's clockp. 35
Weightlessnessp. 42
Shells of timep. 49
Directed futuresp. 58
The shifting starsp. 67
Tramlines in the skyp. 75
Waves of gravityp. 83
The Galileo mysteryp. 91
Methuselah in a spaceshipp. 102
The universal correctionp. 113
The speed of lightp. 124
Where time fliesp. 135
The simple universep. 143
A choice of historiesp. 155
Judging fatep. 161
Timeless viewpointp. 168
Afterword 2005 : the melting potp. 173
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