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

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  • ISBN: 9781524745417
  • ISBN: 1524745413
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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 -- The resistance to relativity -- Angels of the revolution -- The test -- The relativity circus -- Epilogue: The legacy of Einstein and Eddington.
Summary, etc.:
"The birth of a world-changing idea, relativity, and how it was shaped by the social upheaval and bloody horror of the First World War"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* In Arthur Eddington—known as the Father of Astrophysics—historians discern intense curiosity, armed with mathematical acumen. But Stanley convincingly establishes here that neither Eddington's curiosity nor his mathematics could have forged a new science if Eddington's Quaker precepts had not kept his mind open to the theorizing of a stranger, Albert Einstein, living in a country waging war against his own. Readers will marvel at how Einstein formulates general relativity while nearly starving on wartime rations, yet steadfastly resisting the militarized hatreds sending young German colleagues to the trenches and severing contacts with colleagues in Allied countries. They will marvel, too, at how Eddington surmounts wartime Britain's fierce hostility toward German science as he embraces Einstein's theory—and then evangelizes for it. The depth of Eddington's commitment to Einstein's theory comes through in the riveting account of how this brilliant astronomer, who narrowly avoids Britain's ever-widening net of conscription, sails to Principe in the Gulf of Guinea, where his observation of a full solar eclipse confirms Einstein's prediction about gravity bending light, so rendering Newtonian formulas obsolete. Dissecting the debate over whether philosophical attraction to Einstein's views caused Eddington to skew his Principe data, Stanley affirms both the empirical integrity and the political bravery of this Briton's confirmation of a German's theory. The international human drama in epoch-making science. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Matthew Stanley is a professor of the history of science at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He holds degrees in history, astronomy, physics, and religion. He has published two academic books and has written for Physics Today, Physics World, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He explains physics to non-scientists in his podcast What the If?!? and has appeared in documentaries on the History Channel, BBC, and NPR. Einstein's War is his first trade book.

Subject: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882-1944.
Relativity (Physics) > History.
Science > Social aspects.
World War, 1914-1918 > Science.

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