The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-01
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
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In volume three, students will look over Albert Einstein's shoulder as he and his colleagues develop a new kind of physics. It leads in two directions: to knowledge of the vast universe and its future (insights build on Einstein's theories of relativity), and to an understanding of the astonishingly small subatomic world (the realm of quantum physics). Students will learn why relativity and quantum theory revolutionized our world and led to the most important ideas in modern science, maybe of all time. In the three-bookThe Story of Scienceseries, master storyteller Joy Hakim narrates the evolution of scientific thought from ancient times to the present. With lively, character-driven narrative, Hakim spotlights the achievements of some of the world's greatest scientists and encourages a similiar spirit of inquiry in readers. The books include hundreds of color photographs, charts, maps, and diagrams; informative sidebars; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.

Author Biography

Author of the prize-winning series A History of US, Joy Hakim is the recipient of the James Michener Award in Writing and the Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards in Writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: About Quarks, Red Giants, and Why This Book Got Writtenp. viii
A Boy with Something on His Mindp. 1
Time on Replayp. 10
Electrifying Thoughts and Magnetic Reasoningp. 18
Feature: Three Charged Americansp. 26
The M. and M.'s of Sciencep. 28
Feature: If You Want Something, Go for It!p. 32
Invisible Bits of Electricityp. 36
Feature: Charging on-to ep. 48
Smaller than Atoms? Subatomic? Is This a Joke?p. 50
Nobel Mariep. 54
Mysterious Raysp. 58
Making Wavesp. 70
Five Papersp. 78
Seeing the (Photon) Lightp. 86
Feature: Blue Skies Smiling at Usp. 96
Molecules Movep. 98
Getting the Picture Rightp. 104
Getting Atomp. 114
Feature: Atoms Go from Weight to Number (Periodic Table)p. 122
Feature: In the Elemental Grocery Storep. 126
Still Shooting Alpha Particlesp. 128
Bohr Taking Quantum Leapsp. 136
An American Tracks Photons; a Frenchman Nails Matterp. 144
What's Uncertain? Everything, Says Heisenbergp. 150
A Cat, Quarks, and Other Quantum Crittersp. 158
Feature: Up and Atom: A Review of Atomic Theory Basicsp. 166
Smashing Atomsp. 170
Chemistry, Charisma, and Peacep. 178
Feature: What's in a Bond?p. 186
Energy Equals Mass Times the Square of the Speed of Light or E=mc[superscript 2]p. 190
On the Way to War (a List of Happenings)p. 192
The Fission Visionp. 204
Presidential Powerp. 220
Manhattan on a Mesap. 236
Quantum Electrodynamics? Surely You're Jokingp. 254
Those Relatives: Galileo and Albertp. 260
Relativity: It's About Timep. 266
Feature: Light Does Its Own Thingp. 272
An Event? To a Physicist It's Not a Partyp. 276
Feature: Math Matters: Euclidean and Nonp. 282
Timely Dimensionsp. 284
A Man in a Red Hatp. 290
The Paradox of the Twinsp. 296
Relative Gravityp. 302
Warps in Spacetimep. 312
Does It Change? Or Is It Changeless?p. 322
Expanding Timesp. 326
An Expanding Universep. 334
A Luminous Indianp. 340
Explosive? And How!p. 346
Singular Black Holesp. 356
Gravity Waves?p. 370
Feature: May the Interaction Be with Youp. 378
A Singular Bang with a Backgroundp. 382
Inflation? This Chapter Is Not About Economics!p. 392
Feature: Toe Be or Not Toe Bep. 403
Entanglement? Locality? Are We Talking Science?p. 406
Super Starsp. 414
Feature: Experts on the Dark Sidep. 424
A Surprising Information00389Universep. 428
Is Anyone Out There?p. 438
This Is the Last Chapter, but It's Not the Endp. 450
Read Onp. 456
Picture Creditsp. 457
Indexp. 460
Permissionsp. 468
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