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2005 is the Year of Einstein Everything you ever wanted to know about Einstein in a short, easily digestible form! 'Kaku is a skilful and genial populariser...While this is fully a biography, succinctly revisiting Einstein's difficult childhood and unpromising early career, his two marriages and his emergence as a 20th-century cultural icon, the guiding thread is undoubtedly the evolution of his ideas' Sunday Telegraph 'One of the most sympathetic and also scientifically interesting biographies of Einstein to ever appear in print...a fascinating and easy read' Focus 'A memorable book...a gem' Good Book Guide 'It's started - the worldwide frenzy to mark next year's centenary of Einstein's 'miraculous year'...If you want to know what all the fuss will be about, read Michio Kaku's authoritative offering' New Scientist
One of the most prominent and respected scientists today, Michio Kaku holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the City College of New York. He is the author of Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein (with Jennifer Trainer), and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century, as well as numerous other Ph.D.-level textbooks that are required reading at many of the world's leading universities. His weekly radio show, Explorations, can be heard on stations across America, and he has frequently appeared on television talk shows and BBC and Public Television science specials. Kaku lives in New York City and can be found on the web at www.mkaku.org.
Theoretical physicist Kaku has written several books for the general public (e.g.,Visions) as well as works for advanced researchers. In this fast-moving review of Einstein's life and works, he convincingly demonstrates how much his subject contributed to different areas of 20th- and 21st-century physics; as Kaku writes, "crumbs that have tumbled off Einstein's plate are now winning Nobel Prizes for other scientists." Kaku draws upon his own specialty area of string theory to show that physics is now making tangible advances toward a unified field theory. (This was the goal of Einstein's later years, even in the face of derision by other physicists.) Kaku's comments on the earlier history of science can be superficial and misleading, but the biographical portions nicely capture Einstein's personality. Overall, this is a worthwhile purchase for public and academic libraries owing to its current view of Einstein's achievements and their relation to continuing advanced physics research.-Jack W. Weigel, Ann Arbor, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
'Kaku reassesses Einstein to give a new, refreshing look at his pioneering work, and the enduring legacy of this exceptional man.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
This latest entry in the Great Discoveries series (edited by Jesse Cohen and complements another, more focused study that's appearing this season, Edmund Blair Bolles's Einstein Defiant (Forecasts, Feb. 23), which takes a detailed look at Einstein's role in the development of quantum physics. Kaku, host of the nationally broadcast radio program Explorations, presents a well-sketched-out yet concise account of Einstein's life. Kaku excels, as did his subject, in drawing word pictures that illustrate in everyday language complicated subjects like the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, and special and general relativity. The public and the press were always drawn to Einstein because he presented his theories in language that the average person could understand. Even when writing for his colleagues, as Kaku points out, he strove for simplicity of expression: his equation describing the structure of the universe is only an inch long. For a half-century after Einstein's death, the standard account was that he had frittered away the last years of his career trying to find a unified field theory, hanging on like a drowning man to the bark of determinism while the Copenhagen school sailed off in many directions by applying probabilistic methods to the inner workings of the atom. In his final chapter, Kaku shows that in fact Einstein's activities in his final years anticipated recent advances such as detecting gravitational waves, "supersymmetry" and even the attempt to reconcile science with religion. This accessible biography is recommended to readers eager, but never quite able, to understand what this relativity business is all about. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.