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Einstein's Unification 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521883466
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"... the reader who perseveres will be well rewarded with an excellent understanding of Einstein's journey and a sophisticated appreciation for the challenge of unification. This is an excellent historical technical review; the book should be on the shelves of all colleges with physics departments."
A. Spero, Choice

"Jeroen van Dongen has written a superb account of Einstein's strategy in discovering the general theory of relativity, his attempts at unification of physical forces, and his resistance to the quantum theory."
Howard E. Brandt, Mathematical Reviews

"Jeroen van Dongen's Einstein's Unification is an impressive and important book. Einstein's Unification is a unified, detailed, coherent, and convincing narrative about the path Einstein took after coming to general relativity and the reason for his all-consuming search for a unified theory of the forces of nature. Van Dongen's book will deeply influence how we understand Einstein and how future biographies that try to relate all aspects of Einstein's life will be written."
S. S. Schweber, Isis

"Jeroen van Dongen's remarkable book - an updated and revised version of his Ph.D. thesis of 2002, meanwhile matured through the author's research in the Berlin group and subsequently at the Einstein Papers Project based at CalTech - offers a delightful tour through Einstein's efforts ... constantly analyzed from the dialectics of Einstein's use of (pure) mathematics versus actual physics. The author thereby establishes - and this may be said to be the main point of the book - a gradual shift from the latter (which formed the strength of Einstein's youth) to the former."
N. P. Landsman, The Mathematical Intelligencer

Book Description

Shedding new light on Einstein's later work, this book explores Einstein's belief that he could find a unified theory of all of nature's forces by repeating the methods he used when formulating general relativity. This book will interest physicists, historians and philosophers of science.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521883466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521883467
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jon H. Orloff on May 8, 2015
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A fascinating story of how and why (as best as one can tell from the record) Einstein did what he did. A knowledge of general relativity is useful to follow parts of it.
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In my opinion, the author didn't achieve a good understanding of Einstein's motivations.
The book is however interesting for it's factual contents.
The fact that Einstein understood well the role of Science (as the attempt to understand the physical world) as opposed to Engineering (as an attempt to produce formulas that give the same result) makes Einstein the only true Physicist in the quantum field of his era.
I think that Einstein didn't care about the strong/weak forces because he knew that the real problem was to understand what a quantum is.
Everything else would fall into place...
We should not criticise Einstein for only caring about the unification of electromagnetism/gravity while discarding the other forces.
After 60 years from his dead, we still did not solve that "simple" problem, much less the unification of all forces.
It is then premature to say if Einstein was right or wrong in his attempts.
Taking an historic sample, we will need another century before developments allows us to judge well Einstein's intuition.
And that is not really important...He should be considered an hero for fighting for his convictions (alone) until the end.
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