Thursday, 29 July 2010

Einstein's Cosmos by Michio Kaku

Published by Orion Books in England 2004
ISBN 0-297-84755-4
Einstein's Cosmos by Michio Kaku

Yes, it's taken me this long to get round to reading it. I bought it as cheap, damaged stock around 2005. Yesterday I slid it off the shelf, blew off the dust and started reading. I finished it a few minutes ago.

The blurb on the back says, "You don't have to be Einstein to understand Einstein." And that is spot on. A wonderful read giving easy access to Einstein's science. We start with him trying to understand a light beam by imagining himself running along side it, and end with his unfinished attempts to unify all the universe's forces by describing them as arising from different geometries of space time.

Michio Kaku does a great job. It's very easy to read, no elaborate fomulae to contend with and flows along giving an excellent insight into Einstein's contributions. I particularly like the way Einstein's work is rooted in context: other physicists and mathematicians and their contributions are discussed. Kaku also does a great job in helping the reader visualise some of the principles discovered: the Bose-Einstein Condensate suddenly became easy for me to visualise, for example.

An excellent read for anyone slightly interested in Physics, the great man or the history of technologies.

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