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Einstein For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05448-2
384 pages
March 2011
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Introduction 1

Part I: A Genius Awakens 5

Chapter 1: Who Was Einstein? 7

Chapter 2: Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Man 17

Chapter 3: 1905: Einstein's Miracle Year 37

Part II: On the Shoulders of Giants: What Einstein Learned in School 47

Chapter 4: A Clockwork Universe 49

Chapter 5: The Arrow of Time 69

Chapter 6: Einstein's Most Fascinating Subject 81

Chapter 7: And There Was Light 97

Part III: The Special Theory of Relativity 111

Chapter 8: Relativity Before Einstein 113

Chapter 9: Riding on a Beam of Light 123

Chapter 10: Clocks, Trains, and Automobiles: Exploring Space and Time 135

Chapter 11: The Equation 147

Part IV: The General Theory of Relativity 161

Chapter 12: Einstein's Second Theory of Relativity 163

Chapter 13: "Black Holes Ain't So Black" 187

Chapter 14: Was Einstein Right about Relativity? 211

Part V: The Quantum and the Universe 229

Chapter 15: Atoms Before Einstein 231

Chapter 16: Quantum Leap: God Plays Dice 247

Chapter 17: Einstein and the Bomb 269

Chapter 18: Einstein's Greatest Blunder 289

Chapter 19: Not a Blunder After All 303

Part VI: The Part of Tens 319

Chapter 20: Ten Insights into Einstein's Beliefs on Religion and Philosophy 321

Chapter 21: Ten Women Who Influenced Einstein 329

Appendix A: Glossary 339

Appendix B: Einstein Timeline 343

Index 349

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