God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Amir D. Aczel

Narrated By: Kent Broadhurst

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: November 2000

Duration: 7 hours 26 minutes

Summary:

Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein's "greatest blunder"?

In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science's greatest mystery.

In January 1998, astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. The way we perceive the universe was changed forever. The most compelling theory cosmologists could find to explain this phenomenon was Einstein's cosmological constant, a theory he conceived--and rejected---over eighty years ago.

Drawing on newly discovered letters of Einstein--many translated here for the first time--years of research, and interviews with prominent mathematicians, cosmologists, physicists, and astronomers, Aczel takes us on a fascinating journey into "the strange geometry of space-time," and into the mind of a genius. Here the unthinkable becomes real: an infinite, ever-expanding, ever-accelerating universe whose only absolute is the speed of light.

Awesome in scope, thrilling in detail, God's Equation is storytelling at its finest.

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  • Roland G

    Mostly fascinating and enlightening. Final conclusion however left much to be desired, hypothesizing that this concept somehow related to God And while we were placed on this earth.

  • Ian Martin

    Whether you will like this books depends greatly on what you are looking for with this book. If you are looking for a more philosophical layperson's book like Amir D. Aczel's book "Why Science Does Not Disprove God", this isn't it. So, in that I think the title "God's Equation may seem misleading. It isn't really about God or even really a particular equation. The title doesn't lie at all in that it enumerates it's subjects, so if you looking for a book to give you a biography of Albert Einstein, the history or the development of his theory or relativity, and those ideas leading to the conclusion that the Universe is expanding, then you've come to the right place. If you are looking for lots of formulas and the occasional foreign phrase to be intermittently thrown at you without explanation so that you have to look up the meaning of it elsewhere, assuming you are interested in the meaning, then you have also come to the right place. It's seems like good information, but while I have some science education, I'm no scientist. It is a bit dry. The narrator is well suited to the text. He speaks clearly, pronounces the terminology and names correctly, and keeps and even pace. What more can you ask of a science text narrator.