Subtle Is the Lord has ratings and 29 reviews. Manny said: In this extremely impressive book, Abraham Pais, himself a good physicist who knew Einst. In this new major work Abraham Pais, himself an eminent physicist who Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein: The Science and the. The APS now gives out an Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, idea of how influential his work was, in particular “Subtle Is the Lord.
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Yesterday’s equation was the first real result of quantum theory, Max Planck’s formula for the black-body spectrum. Lore I could not have read the book, but I did.
Equations are sometimes presented in the form that Einstein initially used, and other times in more modern notation, and sometimes the variable names will change from one section to the next. The dynamics of these ‘non-Abelian photons’ are supposed to prohibit their creation as single free particles.
This work along with Douglas Stone’s “Einstein and the Quantum: It’s at the perfect level for someone who has just taken a really good undergrad quantum sequence – you can see how the giants of the field tried to quantize radiation, and why all the things that seem like common sense at first glance don’t work well. That last one is insanely good as a seeded pulsed supersonically expanded molecular beam into a vacuum FT microwave spectrometer. I believe this is what the author intended but sadly the book thus cannot reach out to the wide audience.
May 23, Chris Backhouse rated it really liked it. But very much worth the entire five stars. Without question, it’s an outstanding biography, highly recommended to anyone related to physics. Determination When Einstein encountered a problem, he didn’t drop it until he solved it. Looking for a nice easy book about Einstein to read?
Einstein knew how isolated he was in later years from the mainstream of physics but then again he was always an outsider from day one. Retrieved 17 July Nour Eddine rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Special and general relativity took about a decade each, and he spent at least another three decades searching for a unified field theory. His later years are markedly less productive. Special Relativity was as pure a paradigm shift as one can imagine, but not an easy one.
To ask other readers questions about Subtle Is the Lordplease sign up. A major theme of his book is to answer the question of why, after the major achievements of special and general relativity and his quantum mechanics papers, Einstein lais so little work of permanent value in the second half of his working life. Lird of AmsterdamUniversity of Utrecht.
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Sep 23, William Schram rated it it was amazing Shelves: A fair knowledge of physics is necessary to read this, but reading a biography of Einstein which doesn’t convey the work that he did is much less interesting to those who have such a knowledge.
As you can tell from the date stamp, it’s nowso the World Year of Physics is over. Taken together, they provide a luminous portrait of the kind of astonishing originality that was, is, and will always be the hallmark of true genius. In he teamed with Laurie M.
Maybe re-read it and then maybe my understanding of science and maths would have improved. A life Oxford University Press, I’m purely analyzing his characteristics in their role as his effectiveness as a scientist, not as a pqis being.
He got the same equations with many paus the same implications, but from an entirely different point of view.
Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein
Others are not so sure. Some believe that it is near and that supergravity will provide the answer. The second paper on Brownian Motion, received December The comment 6 makes an important point, although I would add that there is no requirement that the person coming up with the idea has to accept all of its implications!
It is not only a bio of Einstein himself, but also of his science. The life and science of Richard Feynman.
The result, wether you understand all the math or not, is a deeper understanding of Einstein’s dedication to the pursuit of the greatest of llrd This is probably the BEST of all the Einstein biographies on the market. Although we realize the need of revising his extremely elegant theories owing to the concepts of high gravitational field regime like singularities in black holes, his zeal for the unified theory still stays put.
Maybe all that sick time was the very reason he was lrod effective since it would have given him a bit of isolation and rest with which to think deeply about physics.
His Life and Universe are the 3 works anybody interested iis a seminal period in science history should possess. This isn’t really a biography of Einstein, more a biography of his scientific output.