- Series: Great Discoveries
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 33655th edition (May 17, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393327000
- ISBN-13: 978-0393327007
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (Great Discoveries) 33655th Edition
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About the Author
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, famed futurist and acclaimed public speaker, is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books including The Future of the Mind, Physics of the Future, and Physics of the Impossible. He hosts Science Fantastic, a nationally broadcast radio show, and lives in New York City.
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I learned so much from reading this book, that I ended up buying more books on physics, as well as Richard Feynman's lectures (Six Easy Pieces) and then even starting taking online physics courses.
From reading this book, I discovered that I have a true affinity for physics and science that I never even realized. Michio Kaku writes this book with the same easy style as he's written his other books. He dumbs it down for you, but he never talks down to you. The information is delivered in a manner where the reader can actually absorb what's being said. Otherwise, you'd have a bunch of mumbo-jumbo about quanta, atoms and neutrons that would bore you tears by the time you reached the third page. This book is written like an really smart, laid-back guy is sitting across from you at a coffee shop just chatting away to you about what he knows of Einstein and physics. This no text book!
Mr. Kaku doesn't bombard you with the terminology. Instead, when he introduces the terminology, theories or explanations to you he first explains the theory and then gives you a real-world comparison, enabling the reader to actually envision what's being explained. The explanation of the bending of space and time in a text book would warp some brain cells, right? Instant migraine. Not here! Mr. Kaku delivers the basic premise in such a manner with a real-world explanation, enabling the reader to not only "get it," but also to encourage and provoke the reader to want to know more.
I could sit here all day and write about what I've learned about the Theory of Relativity and the Theory of Special Relativity and String Theory (or M Theory), but why not buy the book and read about it for yourself? You're going to love Schroedinger's Cat!
Trust me here, folks. It's flipping AMAZING.
This book is great for adults and teenagers alike.
Humanity owes a great debt to this man. Without his moral guidance, we might not have survived 20th Century malevolence. Thank you, Albert. Hope you're riding your bicycle thru some wormhole.
The central idea behind this book is Einstein's life and accomplishments, since his early years in school to his death. It begins with a short chapter which relates how the nature and physics was before Einstein's and how many of this ideas were usefull for his understand of the world. The book goes through his childhood, adolescence, matureness and death but also relates others physics work which was very usefull like Grossman, Shrödinger, Plank, Isaac Newton and many others and not only explains Einsteins life, It explains every theory, like Newtonian Physic, Special Relativity, General Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics, String theory and M-Theory with great detail and accompanied with a simple and every day example who everyone can understand even if you are not familiarized with high level physics nor math.
Finally the book closes with a summary of Einstein's legacy and how his (and others physicist work) have been very helpfull for our modern understanding of universe.
If you are interested in cosmology, astronomy, physics, etc, I highly recommend you this book, I am now reading Parallel Worlds (...) from this same author and I will probably buy his other works.