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5.0 out of 5 stars Einsteins struggle for the final equation, 29 Mar. 2003
This review is from: God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe (Paperback)
Inspired by the fact that the universe is ever expanding,
Aczel wrote the history from Einstein to the present
of the thoughts around Einsteins cosmic constant. The main
part deals with Einsteins struggles with his main equation
and the discovery of the first proof for general relativity,
the bending of star light around the sun. This history part
is presented in kind of zooming in at those times and people,
so that one temporarely becomes part of the times of the
process of verificaton and recognition of general relativity.
From the statements about the cosmic constant the author
then leads the reader into modern times, but this time rather
zoomed out, mentioning many people an theories.
It's all gripping to read, but one does not get answers about
the phenomena which introduced the book, namely, how the
universe could possibly accelerate it's expansion.
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