The Perfect Theory

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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (February 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0SCF7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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The theory of general relativity, first presented in 1915, has caused quite a revolution in physics. For a hundred years the theory has been questioned, tested and explored revealing some of the most surprising secrets of the universe. In this book astrophysicist Pedro Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers, who played the crucial role in its development. For the upcoming anniversary of GR, The Perfect Theory offers a great overview of a great theory.

Einstein’s theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics, yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler’s Germany, hounded in Stalin’s Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable.

Despite these pitfalls, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein’s theory.

We are in the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics. As scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory reveals the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led, and where it can still take us.

About the Author

Pedro Gil Ferreira (born 18 March 1968) is a British/Portuguese astrophysicist and author. As of 2016 he is Professor of Astrophysics a the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Oriel College. He occupied postdoctoral positions at Berkeley and CERN, before returning to the UK to join the faculty in the astrophysics department at the University of Oxfordas a research fellow and lecturer. He became Professor of Astrophysics there in 2008. He has been director of the Programme on Computational Cosmology at the Oxford Martin School since 2010, and also runs an astrophysics ‘artist in residency’ programme. Ferreira regularly lectures at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, and has frequently appeared on TV and radio as a science commentator.

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