QC16.E5 R54 2005
This is the final installment in my series of books by or about Einstein in celebration of the World Year of Physics 2005. Its author, John S. Rigden, will be speaking at several UTA events beginning September 15. Read ahead and you’ll be prepared to ask intelligent questions when he appears.
One hundred years ago this year, Albert Einstein published five papers that revolutionized physics. While the general public knows that Einstein was highly intelligent (indeed his name is synonymous with genius), few of us understand why. This book, which is directed to a non-scientist audience, illuminates the importance of his work.
Aside from a prologue and epilogue, the book contains a section for each paper. They are (March) The Revolutionary Quantum Paper, (April) Molecular Dimensions, (May) “Seeing” Atoms, (June) The Merger of Space and Time, (September) The Most Famous Equation.
Each section describes the contents of the paper, how the concepts fit in relation to other scientists’ work, and the significance of the paper on consequent scientific thought. The reader emerges with a clearer understanding of Einstein’s work in the context of science, philosophy, and the greater human culture.
UTA Libraries holds six more titles by Dr. Rigden, including Hydrogen : the Essential Element (SEL: QD181.H1 R54 2002), Most of the Good Stuff : Memories of Richard Feynman (SEL: QC16.F49 A3 1993), and Physics and the Sound of Music (Central: ML3805 .R56).
(Originally published in Connections, September 2005)