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

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

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Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I
Title
Einstein's war
Title remainder
how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Stanley
Title variation
Einstein's war
Title variation remainder
the birth of relativity amid the vicious nationalism of World War I
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
OU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stanley, Matthew
Dewey number
530.1109/041
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
QC173.52
LC item number
.S73 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Einstein, Albert
  • Eddington, Arthur Stanley
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Science
  • World War, 1914-1918
Label
Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • The resistance to relativity
  • Angels of the revolution
  • The test
  • The relativity circus
  • Epilogue: The legacy of Einstein and Eddington
  • The world of science before the war
  • Science across nations
  • The wars begin
  • Increasing isolation
  • The collapse of international science
  • A vital victory
  • To cross the trenches
  • The borders of the universe
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vi, 390 pages
Isbn
9781524745417
Lccn
2019001286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs
System control number
(OCoLC)on1089256596
Label
Einstein's war : how relativity triumphed amid the vicious nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • The resistance to relativity
  • Angels of the revolution
  • The test
  • The relativity circus
  • Epilogue: The legacy of Einstein and Eddington
  • The world of science before the war
  • Science across nations
  • The wars begin
  • Increasing isolation
  • The collapse of international science
  • A vital victory
  • To cross the trenches
  • The borders of the universe
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vi, 390 pages
Isbn
9781524745417
Lccn
2019001286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs
System control number
(OCoLC)on1089256596

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