Aczel shows Einstein's aesthetic troubles with the cosmological constant, which preceded theoretical and experimental problems leading to its abandonment. The universe was caught in the act of expansion by Edwin Hubble, and the constant, originally invoked to maintain a steady-state universe, was unnecessary. Fortunately, though, the mathematics underlying the constant had become important tools for physicists; observations in 1997 and 1998 by Saul Perlmutter, Neta Bahcall, and others showed that the universe will continue expanding indefinitely and sent theorists back to the drawing board to revise their equations. The cosmological constant returned triumphant, and while its inventor might never have approved of it, today's scientific community gives it an honored role in God's Equation. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cool things you'd never known about Einstein and his contemporaries.
If you don't know physics, challenge yourself with this book. It's actually fun to read!
Albert Einstein became a house hold name in the early 1920s after proposing that the universe is curved, that gravity is not a force, as Newton believed, but a curved field... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jack Dikian
I recommend this book, but not strongly, for a number of reasons. I'll do the pros before moving on to the cons. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Milliern
Written for Einstein lovers and non-Mathematicians, this gentle introduction to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity (GTR) and its implications for Cosmology, also should be of... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Herbert L Calhoun
Great book explaining the general background theories for General Relativity, and how Einstein developed the formula to account for the expanding universe. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by iplan
Recounts the history of the derivation and proof of Einstein's theories of general relativity and special relativity. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by Edward J. Barton
I purchased this plus a few others a few years ago to use in the classroom when it was the year of Einstein (2005 I think). Very good book. Informative and provocative. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Scott Carpenter
God's Equation is a terrific little summary of Einstein and more. I enjoyed learning more of Einstein's life with the added greater discussion of the discoveries of the universe's... Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by Kent Jeffries
Certainly one of the very few which presents such an important subject
in a way that one goes from one chapter into the next with anticipation.
I loved it! Read more