Story of Science Book 3

Story of Science Book 3

Einstein Adds a New Dimension

by Joy Hakim
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Hardcover, 480 pages
Price: $27.95

Everyone has heard Einstein failed high school--but few know he was at boarding school, and the reason he failed was his "disruptive" behavior. This book reveals fascinating information about the great scientist's life while focusing on his career as a revolutionary physicist and mathematician. It also answers questions everyone wants to ask but doesn't because they think everyone else already knows the answer and they don't want to seem behind the times--like what a quark is, what goes on in a black hole, and how nuclear fission works. These may sound like daunting topics, but Hakim writes clearly and doesn't assume prior scientific knowledge, making this an excellent introduction, not only to the history, but also to the major scientific discoveries and problems of the 20th century.

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Summary: Not only will you learn the history of modern science, you'll get a basic understanding of the really cool stuff, like black holes and quarks.

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