Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions That Changed How We Look at the Universe

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Proving Einstein Right by S. James Gates, Jr. (a professor of theoretical physics) and Cathie Pelletier (author of twelve books) is subtitled The Daring Expeditions That Changed How We Look At the Universe. After Albert Einstein published his monumental paper on general relativity, which argued that space and time were related and that gravity could distort space, he came to prominence and eventual fame. He also had detractors and critics who challenged him throughout his later career. He eventually proved mathematically that there is a connection between energy, mass, and the speed of light. Einstein’s wit also made him a celebrity.

Proving Einstein Right tells of the solar eclipse seekers who sought to measure the distortion of the light paths of individual stars that could be observed during celestial events. The measurements of stars’ light paths could prove that space was distorted by gravity. These seekers undertook daring adventures that sent them around the globe. Long distances were traveled in the hopes of making these observations and with the knowledge that weather conditions could obscure the measurements hoped for. There were also military actions taken across the world that added to the dangers these scientists faced. These investigators also went on to achieve fame, albeit to a lesser degree than Einstein, who still holds the limelight.

The book tells the fuller story of the scientific world seeking to evaluate, prove, and incorporate Einstein’s work into a new understanding of the universe that challenged the theories of Isaac Newton from two hundred years earlier. It is not so much about Einstein’s ideas, although it does consider his innovations and the adventures of those other scientists who challenged academia. There have been many books about Einstein and about the proof of his equation E=mc2 if readers want to learn more.


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Author S. James Gates and Cathie Pelletier
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher PublicAffairs
Publish Date 2019-09-24
ISBN 9781541762251
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Issue November 2019
Category Science & Nature
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