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Proving Einstein Right

The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe

Cathie Pelletier S. James Gates, Jr.



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Public Affairs
26 November 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; History of science; Astrophysics
In 1916, a nearly unknown German-born theoretical physicist named Albert Einstein had developed his theory of relativity, but hadn't yet been able to prove it. The only way to do that was through the clear view and measurement of a solar eclipse. In May of 1919, one of the longest total solar eclipses of the 20th century was visible for almost seven minutes in the Southern Hemisphere. And so, two teams of intrepid astronomers set out on a treacherous journey-one to a remote town in Brazil, the other to the small African island of Principe. Their task was to answer the question: during the eclipse, would the stars' light waves follow Newton's law of gravitation, or Einstein's new theory of relativity?

PROVING EINSTEIN RIGHT is an epic chronicle of this decade-long mission. Hindered by everything from cloudy weather to world war, and travelling halfway around the globe, four men observed a solar eclipse that would catapult Albert Einstein to fame, set the framework for the Big Bang theory, and forever change the way we look at the universe.
By:   Cathie Pelletier, S. James Gates, Jr.
Imprint:   Public Affairs
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9781541762251
ISBN 10:   1541762258
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   26 November 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sylvester James Jim Gates, Jr., is a theoretical physicist who is most known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory. He is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of the String and Particle Theory Center and Affiliate Professor of Mathematics. In 2013 he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest award in the U.S. given to scientists. He is former president of the National Society of Black Physicists, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K. Professor Gates lectures regularly and makes frequent appearances in documentaries about science. Cathie Pelletier is the critically acclaimed author of twelve books, including The Funeral Makers, The Weight of Winter, and The One-Way Bridge. Several have been translated into numerous languages and two have been made into films. She lives in Allagash, Maine.

Reviews for Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe

This is a fascinating and exciting adventure tale! It chronicles the quest of eclipse-chasing astronomers who strove to test if light deflected when passing near the sun according to Einstein's theory of general relativity. Their inspiring missions depict the graceful ballet between scientific theory and experiment. In an age when we are searching for the horizons of black holes and the ripples from the origins of the universe, this book will inspire us with the ongoing excitement of understanding our cosmos. ---Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Steve Jobs, and Leonardo da Vinci

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