The Resource Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley, (electronic resource)

Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley, (electronic resource)

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Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I
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Einstein's war
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how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I
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Matthew Stanley
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eng
Summary
  • "The birth of a world-changing idea, relativity, and how it was shaped by the social upheaval and bloody horror of the First World War"--
  • "The birth of a world-changing idea in the middle of a bloodbath. Einstein's War is a riveting exploration of both the beauty of scientific creativity and the enduring horrors of human nature. These two great forces battle in a story that culminates with a victory now a century old: the mind-bending theory of general relativity. Few recognize how the Great War, the industrialized slaughter that bled Europe from 1914 to 1918, shaped Einstein's life and work. While Einstein never held a rifle, he formulated general relativity while blockaded in Berlin, literally starving. He lost 50 pounds in three months, unable to communicate with his most important colleagues. Some of those colleagues fought against rabid nationalism; others were busy inventing chemical warfare--being a scientist trapped a person in the power plays of empire. Meanwhile, Einstein struggled to craft relativity and persuade the world that it was correct. This was, after all, the first complete revision of our conception of the universe since Isaac Newton's, and its victory was far from sure. Scientists seeking to confirm Einstein's ideas were arrested as spies. Technical journals were banned as enemy propaganda. Colleagues died in the trenches. Einstein was separated from his most crucial ally by barbed wire and U-boats. This ally was the Quaker astronomer and Cambridge don A.S. Eddington, who would go on to convince the world of the truth of relativity and the greatness of Einstein. In May 1919, when Europe was still in chaos from the war, Eddington led a globe-spanning expedition to catch a fleeting solar eclipse for a rare opportunity to confirm Einstein's bold prediction that light has weight. It was the result of this expedition--the proof of relativity, as many saw it--that put Einstein on front pages around the world. Matthew Stanley's epic tale is a celebration of how bigotry and nationalism can be defeated, and of what science can offer when they are."--Dust jacket
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1975-
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Stanley, Matthew
Dewey number
530.1109/041
Index
index present
LC call number
QC173.52
LC item number
.S73 2019eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Einstein, Albert
  • Eddington, Arthur Stanley
  • Eddington, Arthur Stanley
  • Einstein, Albert
  • World War (1914-1918)
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Science
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • SCIENCE / History
  • SCIENCE / Physics / Relativity
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Science
  • Science
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Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Resistance to relativity
  • Angels of the revolution
  • Test
  • Relativity circus
  • Epilogue: The legacy of Einstein and Eddington
  • World of science before the war
  • Science across nations
  • Wars begin
  • Increasing isolation
  • Collapse of international science
  • A vital victory
  • To cross the trenches
  • Borders of the universe
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on1102318881
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unknown
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1 online resource (390 pages)
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unknown
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online
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9781524745431
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rdamedia
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  • c
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remote
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08471B9C-DA04-4D04-9BE0-CEADC32EAF22
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  • (Sirsi) o1102318881
  • (OCoLC)1102318881
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Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Resistance to relativity
  • Angels of the revolution
  • Test
  • Relativity circus
  • Epilogue: The legacy of Einstein and Eddington
  • World of science before the war
  • Science across nations
  • Wars begin
  • Increasing isolation
  • Collapse of international science
  • A vital victory
  • To cross the trenches
  • Borders of the universe
Control code
on1102318881
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (390 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781524745431
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
08471B9C-DA04-4D04-9BE0-CEADC32EAF22
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o1102318881
  • (OCoLC)1102318881

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