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Titel: Einstein's mistakes : the human failings of ...
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New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008. Hardcover. Dustjacket. xix, 394 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Condition : als nieuw. ISBN 9780393062939[KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF SCIENCE, *, *2006-100 history of science. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 247718
Fresh insights into aspects of Einstein we don't usually consider: his mistakes and the role they played in the discovery of his theories.Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his ground-breaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious misconceptions in physics to blatant errors in mathematics. For instance, Einstein's first theoretical proof of the famous formula E = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for many years, but he never found a complete proof (better mathematicians did). In this provocative forensic biography, Hans C. Ohanian dissects this and other mistakes and places them in the context of Einstein's turbulent life and times. Einstein was often navigating in a fog of irrational and mystical inspirations, but his profound intuition about physics permitted him to reach his goal despite?and sometimes because of?the mistakes he made along the way. Einstein's uncanny ability to use his mistakes subconsciously as stepping stones toward his revolutionary theories was one hallmark of his genius.
?[A] clear picture of how the scientific and cultural worlds of early twentieth-century Europe influenced Einstein?s theories about physical phenomena. The reader plunges deeply into Einstein?s life and discovers the fundamental forces that shaped his achievement.??John Boccio, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Swarthmore College
?This is a wonderful book, entertaining, informative, full of interesting material. I think everyone will enjoy reading it.??David Goodstein, California Institute of Technology
?With his usual clarity, Ohanian brings to life an important era in the development of physics. He underscores the human strengths and frailties of the protagonists and demonstrates how bumpy the road to scientific discovery really is.??Kevork Spartalian, Department of Physics, University of Vermont
?Einstein?s scientific mistakes are so masterfully presented and thoroughly analyzed that reading the book will enrich the knowledge of the specialist and the general reader alike about fundamental aspects of Einstein?s real and attempted contributions to twentieth-century physics.??Vesselin Petkov, Concordia University, Montreal, and author of Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime
?Ohanian makes one big mistake himself: the title of the book. This book tells us a lot more than ?Einstein?s Mistakes.? It is a wonderful and insightful description of how science, and all creative work, really takes place. To paraphrase Kepler, it reveals the wondrous and twisted roads that lead us to knowledge.??Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, University of Southern California, and author of The Power of Reading
?A wonderfully interactive and unusual biography of Einstein: each of Einstein?s ?mistakes? challenges us to try and follow the workings of his incredible mind.??Wolfgang Rindler, professor of physics, University of Texas at Dallas, and author of Essential Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological
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