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The complete idiot's guide to understanding Einstein
Moring, Gary F.
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New York : Alpha, [2000]

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xix, 376 pages ; 24 cm
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Einstein's universe.
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Provides readers with an easy-to-understand breakdown of the major theories and advances of physics, what they mean, and how they related to our physical world - then and now. The book introduces these theories in the context of Albert Einstein's tumultuous life.

Author Notes

Gary F. Moring has taught physics to non-physics majors at the University of Phoenix since 1985, as well as courses on philosophy, religion, and mathematics. He received his M.A. from John F. Kennedy University and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Moring lives in Orinda, CA.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Ideas That Built Bridges in Physicsp. 1
1 The Early Greek Thinkersp. 3
2 Great Minds of the Renaissancep. 15
3 Galileo Gets in Hot Water with the Churchp. 31
4 Newton's Clockwork Universep. 45
Part 2 Energy Comes in Many Formsp. 57
5 The Heat Is Onp. 59
6 Magnetism Marries Electricityp. 73
7 The Name's Bond, Chemical Bondp. 87
8 Let There Be Light!p. 99
9 Dark Clouds on the Newtonian Horizonp. 111
Part 3 Into the Heart of Einstein's Mindp. 123
10 Albert's Love of Lifep. 125
11 A Warm-Up to Relativityp. 139
12 Albert's World of Friends, Photons, and Molecular Motionp. 151
13 The Special Theory of Relativityp. 163
14 It's Still Relativep. 175
15 Behind the Scenesp. 189
Part 4 Anybody Know a Good Quantum Mechanic?p. 201
16 What Does an Atom Look Like?p. 203
17 Can We Really Know Anything for Sure?p. 215
18 Uncertainty Is Certainp. 227
19 How Conscious Are We?p. 239
Part 5 Einstein, Man of the Worldp. 253
20 The Post-War Years and Einstein's Trip to Americap. 255
21 Banned in Berlinp. 267
22 Who's Got the Bomb?p. 279
Part 6 Worlds Beyond Einsteinp. 293
23 Cosmology and Consciousnessp. 295
24 Big Bang or Bustp. 307
25 Worlds Within Worldsp. 319
26 Is the Truth Out There or In Here?p. 333
A Relatively Speakingp. 345
B List of Resources, Web Sites, and Videosp. 357
C Timelinep. 361
Indexp. 363