Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time

Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time

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By (author) Michio Kaku

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Few figures loom as large as Albert Einstein in our contemporary culture. It is truly remarkable that a man from such humble beginnings, an unemployed dreamer without a future or a job, who was written off by his professors as a hopeless loser, could to dare to scale the heights he reached. In this enlightening book Michio Kaku reasseses Einstein's work by centering on his three great theories - special relativity, general relativity and the Unified Field Theory. The first yielded the equation E =mc^2 which is now such a fixture in our culture that it is practically a ubiquitous slogan. But the subsequent theories led to the Big Bang theory and have changed irrevocably the way we perceive time and space. Michio Kaku gives a new, refreshing look at the pioneering work of Einstein, giving a more accurate portrayal of his enduring legacy than previous biographies. As today's advanced physicists continue their intense search to fulfill Einstein's most cherished dream, a 'theory of everything', he is recognised as a prophet who set the agenda for modern physics.

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One of the most prominent and respected scientists today, Michio Kaku holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the City College of New York. He is the author of Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein (with Jennifer Trainer), and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century, as well as numerous other Ph.D.-level textbooks that are required reading at many of the world's leading universities. His weekly radio show, Explorations, can be heard on stations across America, and he has frequently appeared on television talk shows and BBC and Public Television science specials. Kaku lives in New York City and can be found on the web at www.mkaku.org.

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By Trevor Hawkeswood 13 Jul 2014 5

Book Review: Einsteinâ??s Cosmos by Michio Kaku

This book of 203 pages provides one of the most interesting and readable accounts of the life and career of Dr. Albert Einstein. It also provides quite a lot of information on other bods associated with Albert.

He was always a smart guy, mostly because he read a lot from an early age and because he thought outside the square. He also didnâ??t waste time on things that most other people made a big fuss over, like sports and war (military). Einstein was a humble man from humble beginnings (his father died early) and was firstly an unemployed dreamer, without a future or a job and who was written off by his professors as a hopeless loser, but became the greatest scientist who ever lived. Most of his detractors went the way of most history- into the dustbin!

Thereâ??s lots of anecdotes presented here about Einstein and most would not be known to the general reader. One of the most unusual was the fact that he was requested by David Ben-Gurion the Premier of Israel to become the President of Israel!. However Einstein was a scientist not a politician and so declined this most gracious offer. However, Kaku didn't state that Einstein was once on the top 10 of Marilyn Monroeâ??s dating list. She wrote to Einstein for a date but he declined this offer as well, mostly because he was married.

In this book Prof. Kaku reassesses the contribution of Dr Einstein to the theories of special relativity, general relativity and the unified field theory. Einstein, above others, was a very exceptional man who set the agenda for modern physics.

This book is a great introduction to the great man. Please read this one before others! Highly recommended.

Dr Trevor J. Hawkeswood

Author: Spiders of Australia (2003), Light and Dark (2013).

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Kaku reassesses Einstein to give a new, refreshing look at his pioneering work, and the enduring legacy of this exceptional man. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH