Titel: Einstein 1905
Autor/en: John S. Rigden
The Standard of Greatness.
7 halftones, 8 line illustrations.
Harvard University Press
13. April 2006 - kartoniert - 192 Seiten
For Einstein and science, 1905 was a remarkable year of transforming the world's understanding of nature. One hundred years after Einstein's prodigious accomplishments, this book invites readers to learn about ideas that have influenced lives in almost inconceivable ways.
Preface Prologue: The Standard of Greatness March: The Revolutionary Quantum Paper April: Molecular Dimensions May: "Seeing" Atoms June: The Merger of Space and Time September: The Most Famous Equation Epilogue: Beyond 1905 Notes Further Reading Acknowledgments Index
John S. Rigden is Adjunct Professor of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Hydrogen and Rabi, Scientist and Citizen (both from Harvard).
The year 2005 [is] the centenary of Einstein's annus mirabilis, when he published the five papers that marked him as one of the greatest scientists of all time. Washington University professor Rigden sits readers down in front of his white board and explains what Einstein said in each of these papers, what was significant in them and how the scientific community reacted (not very well, in most cases--for a while)...Rigden writes with a rare felicity, free of jargon and with everyday metaphors that Einstein himself would no doubt have appreciated. Publishers Weekly 20041108 [A] valuable addition to the Einstein canon. -- Werner Israel Nature 20050120 A century ago, in 1905, Einstein proved that time, as it had been understood by scientist and layman alike, was a fiction. And this was scarcely his only achievement that year, which John S. Rigden skillfully chronicles, month by month, in Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness. -- Jim Holt New Yorker 20050228 A marvelous book...John Rigden not only summarizes accessibly [Einstein's] accomplishments of that year; he analyses the nature of scientific research...Einstein's papers are not accessible to a nonexpert by and large. But for those who feel the urge to at least try to go where they're not technically qualified with the accurate suspicion that it matters, this is the year for some physics, and John Rigden's provocative work is a place to start. -- Thomas Oliphant Boston Globe 20050301 Mr. Rigden is very good at evoking the vehement debates that took place over Einstein's findings...The portrait of Einstein that emerges from Mr. Rigden's account is as compelling as his theories. -- Eric Ormsby New York Sun 20050302 Between March and September 1905, Einstein wrote five Annalen Physik papers that would greatly influence 20th-century physics...For each paper, Rigden discusses the background, underlying ideas, content, and organization before surveying its reception and impact. General readers who wish to understand the magnitude of what Einstein accomplished during his annus mirabilis will find this lucid, nonmathematical account ideal. Science 20050211 In Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness, John S. Rigden provides a lucid account of Einstein's astonishing outburst of creativity, explaining its scientific context and impact, which include, in the case of the relativity theory, the reconstruction of both space and time and the equivalence of mass and energy. -- Daniel J. Kevles Times Literary Supplement 20050513 Mr. Rigden's book provides a clearly written account of these papers. It places each one in the context of the physics of the time, and explains the unique contribution Einstein made by his unerring vision for the key principles involved and his convincing solutions to the problems he tackled. -- Jeffrey Marsh Washington Times 20050717 [Rigden] gives an excellent overview of each of the 1905 papers. -- Alan Cane Financial Times 20050827 Rigden provides a fine account of the scientific importance of Einstein's five papers. -- P. D. Smith The Guardian 20050917 To mark the centenary of the publication of Albert Einstein's first scientific papers, the year saw a flowering of books about the 20th century's greatest thinker. The best of the bunch is John S. Rigden's book Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness. Rigden provides an excellent no-frills overview of five papers that Einstein published within the space of six months, transforming our understanding of nature. -- Clive Cookson Financial Times 20051210 A fine, slender introduction to Einstein's mind and science for the lay reader is John Rigden's Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness. -- Leon Botstein New York Sun 20051230 Rigden provides a fine account of the scientific importance of Einstein's five papers. -- PD Smith The Guardian