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How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. Daydreaming about racing a beam of light led to the special theory of relativity and the equation E = mc^2. Thinking about a man falling led to the general theory of relativity giving us black holes and the Big Bang. Einstein's failure to come up with a theory that would unify relativity and quantum mechanics stemmed from his lacking an apt image. Even in failure, however, Einstein's late insights have led to new avenues of research as well as to the revitalization of the quest for a "Theory of Everything".
With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos.
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By steve on 08-24-13
history ,science with a human dimension.
What did you like best about this story?
detailed history of this period in science and political events and the personalities that shaped history.
What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?
just right ,good pace and creates the mood of the era thru his reading very good.
Any additional comments?
great author ,great topic,well read very informative loved it recommend audible and this is a favorite topic.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By K. Ruple on 11-03-13
Mix of science and the man
I'm still not sure I understand all the science, but it was a good mixture of the science and the struggles faced as each scientist tried to build a support for his research. Einstein was truly a marvel - 50 years ahead of what we could test in the lab. Brilliant beyond belief. I took theory of relativity and quantum theory in college - love the fact he had pictures he referenced. I like the insights into the various personalities, competing theories and politics that played into it. thanks for a good suggestion and helping to keep my commute something much more than a boring ride.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful