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The Curious History of Relativity: How Einstein's Theory of Gravity Was Lost and Found Again.

THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF RELATIVITY: How Einstein's Theory of Gravity Was Lost and Found Again JEAN EISENSTAEDT

Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity was met with widespread acceptance and acclaim, although most people didn't understand it. Then, the theory languished for years, as some physicists became fascinated with quantum mechanics and others turned against Einstein's difficult-to-comprehend notion of relativity. In this English translation, Eisenstaedt, a senior researcher at France's National Center for Scientific Research, reviews how Einstein developed the theory that would supplant Newton's principles of gravity. The author reviews the period from the 1920s to the 1950s, during which Einstein confronted his critics. Finally, Eisenstaedt ponders what will become of general relativity as today's physicists search for a unifying theory of the quantum and gravitational domains. Princeton, 2006, 363 p., b&w photos and illus., hardcover, $29.95.
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Date:Nov 11, 2006
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