The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

by Joy Hakim


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In volume three, students will look over Albert Einstein's shoulder as he and his colleagues develop a new kind of physics. It leads in two directions: to knowledge of the vast universe and its future (insights build on Einstein's theories of relativity), and to an understanding of the astonishingly small subatomic world (the realm of quantum physics). Students will learn why relativity and quantum theory revolutionized our world and led to the most important ideas in modern science, maybe of all time.

In the three-book The Story of Science series, master storyteller Joy Hakim narrates the evolution of scientific thought from ancient times to the present. With lively, character-driven narrative, Hakim spotlights the achievements of some of the world's greatest scientists and encourages a similiar spirit of inquiry in readers. The books include hundreds of color photographs, charts, maps, and diagrams; informative sidebars; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588341624
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Series: Smithsonian's Story of Science Series , #3
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 428,504
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Author of the prize-winning series A History of US, Joy Hakim is the recipient of the James Michener Award in Writing and the Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards in Writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: About Quarks, Red Giants, and Why This Book Got Written     viii
A Boy with Something on His Mind     1
Time on Replay     10
Electrifying Thoughts and Magnetic Reasoning     18
Feature: Three Charged Americans     26
The M. and M.'s of Science     28
Feature: If You Want Something, Go for It!     32
Invisible Bits of Electricity     36
Feature: Charging on-to e     48
Smaller than Atoms? Subatomic? Is This a Joke?     50
Nobel Marie     54
Mysterious Rays     58
Making Waves     70
Five Papers     78
Seeing the (Photon) Light     86
Feature: Blue Skies Smiling at Us     96
Molecules Move     98
Getting the Picture Right     104
Getting Atom     114
Feature: Atoms Go from Weight to Number (Periodic Table)     122
Feature: In the Elemental Grocery Store     126
Still Shooting Alpha Particles     128
Bohr Taking Quantum Leaps     136
An American Tracks Photons; a Frenchman Nails Matter     144
What's Uncertain? Everything, Says Heisenberg     150
A Cat, Quarks, and Other QuantumCritters     158
Feature: Up and Atom: A Review of Atomic Theory Basics     166
Smashing Atoms     170
Chemistry, Charisma, and Peace     178
Feature: What's in a Bond?     186
Energy Equals Mass Times the Square of the Speed of Light or E=mc[superscript 2]     190
On the Way to War (a List of Happenings)     192
The Fission Vision     204
Presidential Power     220
Manhattan on a Mesa     236
Quantum Electrodynamics? Surely You're Joking     254
Those Relatives: Galileo and Albert     260
Relativity: It's About Time     266
Feature: Light Does Its Own Thing     272
An Event? To a Physicist It's Not a Party     276
Feature: Math Matters: Euclidean and Non     282
Timely Dimensions     284
A Man in a Red Hat     290
The Paradox of the Twins     296
Relative Gravity     302
Warps in Spacetime     312
Does It Change? Or Is It Changeless?     322
Expanding Times     326
An Expanding Universe     334
A Luminous Indian     340
Explosive? And How!     346
Singular Black Holes      356
Gravity Waves?     370
Feature: May the Interaction Be with You     378
A Singular Bang with a Background     382
Inflation? This Chapter Is Not About Economics!     392
Feature: Toe Be or Not Toe Be     403
Entanglement? Locality? Are We Talking Science?     406
Super Stars     414
Feature: Experts on the Dark Side     424
A Surprising Information00389Universe     428
Is Anyone Out There?     438
This Is the Last Chapter, but It's Not the End     450
Read On     456
Picture Credits     457
Index     460
Permissions     468

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