God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

Amir D. Aczel / Jan 19, 2020

God s Equation Einstein Relativity and the Expanding Universe Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein s greatest blunder In a work that is at once lucid exhilarating and profound renowned mathematician Dr Amir Aczel critically acc

  • Title: God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe
  • Author: Amir D. Aczel
  • ISBN: 9780385334853
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein s greatest blunder In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat s Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science s greatest mystery In January 1998, astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at aAre we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein s greatest blunder In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat s Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science s greatest mystery In January 1998, astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at an ever increasing rate The way we perceive the universe was changed forever The most compelling theory cosmologists could find to explain this phenomenon was Einstein s cosmological constant, a theory he conceived and rejected over eighty years ago Drawing on newly discovered letters of Einstein many translated here for the first time years of research, and interviews with prominent mathematicians, cosmologists, physicists, and astronomers, Aczel takes us on a fascinating journey into the strange geometry of space time, and into the mind of a genius Here the unthinkable becomes real an infinite, ever expanding, ever accelerating universe whose only absolute is the speed of light Awesome in scope, thrilling in detail, God s Equation is storytelling at its finest.

    Theory of relativity The theory of relativity usually encompasses two interrelated theories by Albert Einstein special relativity and general relativity Special relativity applies to elementary particles and their interactions, describing all their physical phenomena except gravity.General relativity explains the law of gravitation and its relation to other forces of nature. Albert Einstein in popular culture In , Philadelphia artist Louis Hirshman did a caricature of Einstein using found objects, including a wild mop of hair, an abacus chest and shirt collar scribbled with the equation In , the piece was purchased by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In music Einstein is one of the celebrities on the cover of the Beatles Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Albert Einstein His Musical Life CMUSE Albert Einstein Musical Life Many of us are very familiar with the equation E MC and the many pictures of the wild haired scientist who created it, but what do you know about Albert Einstein s life long passion for music Did Albert Einstein Believe in a Personal God Although Albert Einstein was not an atheist, he did not believe in the existence of a personal God, primarily because of the existence of evil in the world Einstein didn t seem to understand that one could not choose between good and evil if evil did not exist. Einstein s Big Idea NOVA PBS Transcript Einstein s Big Idea PBS Airdate October , NARRATOR When we think of E mc we have this vision of Einstein as an old wrinkly man with white hair E mc is not about an Albert Einstein Quotes That Will Move And Surprise You Funny Albert Einstein Quotes Some Will Surprise You Go to table of contents Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work Click to tweet You can t blame gravity for falling in love. Albert Einstein Poetry Poems and Quotes by Albert Einstein The HyperTexts Albert Einstein Poetry and Quotes Was Albert Einstein a poet Was Einstein, perhaps, a major poet who remains better known for other, far less significant things small things such as discovering the relativistic nature of time and space Of course I m teasing, but I will make the case that Albert Einstein was not only a poet, but a very romantic poet Einstein and God Strange Notions Pope Benedict XVI, offered this simple but penetrating argument for God s existence the universal intelligibility of nature To me as clergy and as man of science Truth be told, I m an Engineer but close enough this has always been the strongest argument for deism. Einstein s Quantum Riddle NOVA PBS Einstein called it spooky action at a distance, but today quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from computers to cryptography Physicists have gradually become Einsteins heroes creation Einstein s Heroes biblical creationists by Shaun Doyle There s little doubt that the most famous scientist of the th century was Albert Einstein Today his

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      • Amir D. Aczel

        Amir Aczel was an Israeli born American author of popular science and mathematics books He was a lecturer in mathematics and history of mathematics.He studied at the University of California, Berkeley Getting graduating with a BA in mathematics in 1975, received a Master of Science in 1976 and several years later accomplished his Ph.D in Statistics from the University of Oregon He died in N mes, France in 2015.


    1. This book was totally humbling and at the same time inspiring. As neither a mathemetician nor a physicist, it was humbling insomuch as it opened a door (just a small crack) into s discipline in which I have only a glimmer of a background. It was inspirational insomuch as it showed how infinite the concept of the universe is and what an infinitesimaly small part of it each of us is.The fact that it addressed the subject in terms simple enough that I can claim a glimmer of understanding is a testa [...]

    2. My head hasn't hurt this much since I read Hawking's Short History of Time.More like a text than a story. Too much biography and extraneous details. If he wants to tell the history of the Cosmological constant, do so. Don't confuse matters with unrelated stuff.I don't see that an open, expanding universe is such a problem. (See my comment for a discussion of Missing matter.)

    3. Great read. Aczel told how Einstein developed the theories of relativity with a special emphasis on the mathematics behind it and then told of later developments with the equation. However, the biographical information and story-telling attributes kept me engaged and there was a lot of look at the physics, cosmology, and astrology going on even though mathematics was obviously the focus.

    4. This was over my head I lost him when he began using 3 or 4 pages to describe a single equation. What I got out of it? The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. How do we know this? I have no idea I think that's what the book was trying to explain. Oh well -- the parts I did understand were very interesting.

    5. Really good book, but definitely a hard read. The history of how Einstein’s General Theory developed, and the depth and meaning behind it all is absolutely mind bending! What a GENIUS!!! I’d highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the development of our Universe.

    6. You want to read this book because you think it will reveal the deepest secrets of the universe and answer, why? It offers much to think about, and pretty clearly shows the progression of the Big Bang origin of the universe which began with astronomers like Galileo and advanced maths of the 1700s. Einstein built his theories of relativity on many shoulders.At the end of the day (spoiler)there are still several competing theories leading to a universal theory of how the universe sprang from nothi [...]

    7. Thankfully, for a book with God in it's title, there is zero religious connotation in it's content; it is pure science. However, there are more than a few equations cited in this book, but the reader need not fret as the equations do not hinder nor strengthen the books overall effect; they do give the story validity - there is no stronger proof than a mathematical one.Soon after publishing the special theory of relativity in 1905, Einstein started thinking about how to incorporate gravity into h [...]

    8. Amir D. Aczel has an amazing penchant for taking highly technical and scientific concepts and communicating them in a very clear and, I suppose, dumbed down manner for those of us who haven't studied physics or mathematics. He does exactly that in this book as he covers Einstein's development of the general theory of relativity and it's implications on our understanding of the beginnings and future of our universe.I was really fascinated by the concepts in general. As a humanities guy, I never s [...]

    9. Who can I persuade to read this book? Must you be a mathematician to get excited about it? Einstein said, "Math is Nature's language for describing herself" (or something very near that). This book, wonderfully written in very comfortable prose, made me see math as a language for the very first time, and to catch a fleeting glimpse of the joy of math. Can you believe I said that? I am NOT a mathematician and only a B student at it, but perhaps this book is what high school math teachers should o [...]

    10. The Einstein field equations (EFE; also known as "Einstein's equations") are the set of 10 equations in Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity that describes the fundamental interaction of gravitation as a result of spacetime being curved by matter and energy. The Einstein field equations (EFE) may be written in the form:[image error]This is, basically, "God's Equation" here and the history of its development. As such, it is a biography of Einstein, including some very human revelation a [...]

    11. At a point, some 13.8 billion years ago, there was nothing. Then came the big bang. Time and space emerged from a white hole. January 1, on the cosmic calendar. It was "a day without a yesterday".Aczel is a great writer and makes any subject that he tackles enjoyable and enduring. God's Equation, starts with Einstein and special relativity where the mathematical tools (Lorentz transformations and math of space-time worked out by Minkowski) required already existed. It took Einstein 10 more years [...]

    12. I still remember vividly the day I picked it up in 10th grade. It was meant as a birthday gift for a female friend who was into Physics yet I ended keeping it for myself. Although I couldn't understand half of what the author was saying, I could hardly put the book down. At times it felt like a gentle, captivating narrative into the formation of general relativity and theories about our expanding universe for the layman, while at others it left so much for later investigation when I become more [...]

    13. In case you haven’t heard, the universe seems to be expanding at an increasingly rapid rate. This whole book is about how that accelerating expansion can be explained by including a constant (the “cosmological constant”) in Einstein’s Equation. The constant plays the role of a fluid with negative pressure everywhere in space. Up until recently, the idea of including such a constant was though to be an ad hoc adjustment, and after Einstein originally introduced it to make his model of the [...]

    14. The book was originally published in 2000. The only flaw with the book is that I listened to it in 2012. He explains the general theory of relativity so well that you will be able to explain it to others. He explains its relevance to the than recent discovery of the expansion of the universe and dark energy.This book is well worth your time. Isaacson's Einstein biography better covers the general theory but is 21 hours long, and the "4 Percent Universe" covers the expanding universe and dark ene [...]

    15. I had no idea what to expect from this book, but I picked up this book wanting to understand better what Einstein's theories were. Even though there was very little math, the mathematics was over my head, but somehow the book kept me interested to the end. Having come no step closer to understanding Einstein's general theory of relativity I still enjoyed reading this book. It gave a very readable portrayal of how Einstein came to discover his theories as well as his quest for the unifying theory [...]

    16. Aczel starts with Einstein's biography and presents his personality as background to the development of his ideas and his relationships that facilitated their development culminating in cosmology. This is a wonderful historical summary. The intricacies of the math and physics are kept to a respectable, accessible, yet meaningful minimum, so those less comfortable with these need not cringe. The personalities and significance of the developments are brought to life. Quite enjoyable read. Highly r [...]

    17. There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed and it gave me much more insight into what was happening during the time that Einstein came up with his theories. I was surprised to see all of the supporting work that went into creating and testing the theories. Since I am not a physicist, I felt that a lot of the more technical details were above me though I did try to decipher them. In the end, I just decided to take it on faith and move into the heart of the story.

    18. Much drier than I expected. Heavy handed on the math, which is fine - but I was expecting more of an Einstein character study. The writer left me disliking Einstein more than when I started, which would be okay had that been his intention, but it definitely wasn't. I think he's just too clinical of a writer to inject the kind of emotion needed to find the sympathetic parts of Einstein's character.

    19. Can't help but love reading about Einstein and Aczel's lucid explanations of the seriously complex world of non-Euclidean geometry and advanced physics really helped clarify some theories I've read about previously.

    20. Its very interesting, but many of the concepts are beyond my understanding. All together it is an interesting book, but I think that it needs to be re read for full understanding. But at least now I begin to understand wny had trouble with high school geometry.

    21. An interesting book, looking more at the more science side of Einstein. The book had the interesting histories of other historical mathematicians and scientists. The book was interesting- but I did find it a little boring at some spots.

    22. My sister-in-law gave us this book and I really like it. It helps a lot to have some understanding of chemistry and physics but I think someone who didn't have a science background could also really enjoy it.

    23. I'm quite taken with anything that makes me think a bit, and Dr. Aczel's books do this. I'm not a scholar by any means - in fact, some of this stuff I didn't even know. But he does a decent job of explaining it, though sometimes the prose itself is a bit flat. I'll read others.

    24. Aczel writes about science (physics and astronomy) and scientists, mathematics and mathematicians all in terms that the curious-minded untrained person a.k.a. the layperson can easily come to terms with what is best known about the history ideas in these areas. highly recommended.

    25. "God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on .

    26. Interesting information on the progress of modern cosmology, but weirdly packaged; I don't know why God was brought into the conversation at all.

    27. Libro di grande soddisfazione. Un "racconto" scientifico trattato quasi come un romanzo: avvincente, scorrevole, interessantissimo e "quasi" alla portata di tutti.

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