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Final Theory (Final Theory #1)

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  983 ratings  ·  152 reviews
A Spellbinding Thriller about a Science History
Professor on the Run for his Life and an Unpublished Einstein
Theory that Could Change the World
Debut novelist Mark Alpert brings one of the most explosive books of 2008, seamlessly weaving current issues of science, history, and politics with white-knuckle chases.

David Swift, a professor at Columbia University, is called to...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Touchstone Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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K.D. Absolutely
Science weaved intricately to a suspenseful thriller. We have many trial lawyers who are successful novelists in the suspense thriller genre, but we have only one physicist. His name is Mark Alpert. He is currently an editor at the Scientific American and this is his first novel.

Released in 2008, it is about Albert Einstein’s other theory that we worked on during the second half of his life, Einheitliche Feldtheorie or Unified Field Theory a single set of equations that would explain all the for...more
After the mysterious death of his old mentor Hans Kleinman--a theoretical physicist and colleague of Einstein--college professor David Swift learns Einstein just might have really discovered the holy grail of physics--The Theory of Everything. Now David has to stay one step ahead of the killer and the government to stay alive.

A fun, fast read that may actually teach you a thing or two about physics.
Author is able to explain complex theories in layman's terms.
Highly recommend.

Paul Pessolano
Albert Einstein is probably best known for the "Theory of Relativity" (e=mc2). In "Final Theory" he has discovered the formula for the "Theory of Everything" and this could either bring peace to the world or total destruction. Einstein, in his wisdom, knowing that this knowledge would be sought by man for destructive purposes, gives the information to three of this colleagues and swears them to secrecy. A fourth colleague of Einstein knows of the discovery but is not given the information becaus...more
A page-turner about the search for Einstein's "Theory of Everything."
Learned some good science-type stuff.
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Ghost Rider
Excerpts from my blog.

For a hollywood that thrived on the success of Michael Crichtons, Stephen Kings, Dan Browns and Robert Ludlums, Final Theory would indeed be a delightful catch. This book has every characteristic of a new hollywood blockbuster. But sadly I have started to hate authors, who geared their writings with a movie contract in mind. For this same reason, I stopped reading Stephen King’s works – an author whom I had grown to like through his “The Eyes of the Dragon”! Such books, al...more
This book would stand or fall on whether the thriller aspect of its plot (whether Einstein’s Unified Theory really existed and if so, finding/protecting it) worked. On that question, it is a qualified yes. While reading the book is fun enough, a reflection reveals several things. First, it ends rather depressingly. Secondly, some of the major plot twists are actually rather derivative. Thirdly, there was just too much science that the reader needed to understand in order to buy into the book.

I a...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Da quando ho la mia biblioteca su Goodreads e da quando scrivo le recensioni nel mio blog, nel mentre che leggo un libro penso sempre a come verrà la recensione che ne scriverò, trovo molto utili quelle degli altri e voglio che anche le mie possono essere d'aiuto per chi cerca di farsi un'idea del libro in oggetto.

Con questo mi trovo in grande imbarazzo perchè veramente non mi viene in mente nulla da dire se non che: questo libro è orribile. Proprio è inutile che mi metto in qualsiasi modo a de...more
The one thing that attracted me to this book was the science. I love to read about Einstein and his theories. While there is a spattering of physics throughout the book there is not enough to save the book.

Right from the beginning I kept thinking this book is just like Mark Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" except it is based on physics and not art and religion and is even lamer. The main character of "Final Theory" is a professor who specializes in the history of physics and he has written a book abo...more
Mark Alpert's "Final Theory" brought a fresh perspective to the conspiracy genre. Unlike most books of this nature, it focuses on science rather than religion or art. The book is centered around Einstein's Theory of Everything, and it tells the story of a science historian named David Swift who becomes tangled in a frantic hunt for the theory, involving the FBI, a Russian mercenary, and Einstein's former students.

In general the book was captivating and interesting. I certainly learned a lot abo...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2012.

The quoted reviews of this novel almost all compare it to The Da Vinci Code, and that is probably as good a place as any for me to start mine. Alpert is clearly a far better writer than Dan Brown, which may seem like faint praise, but the idea behind Final Theory is so closely related to The Da Vinci Code that it needs to be said.

Alpert studied physics, and now works for Scientific American, and the secret which is at the heart of Final Theor...more
Apr 02, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ann by: ARC Copy
Shelves: thrillers
I devoured Final Theory by Mark Alpert. In his debut thriller, Alpert has used science, history and politics to create a unique page turner. He majored in astrophysics at Princeton University and actually wrote his undergraduate thesis on an application of Einsteins's theory of relativity according to the book jacket.

After reading the first chapter where an old professor is brutally tortured, I thought about putting the book down. It's a great story but the torture throughout makes for very unco...more
Beezlebug (Rob)
”Da Vinci Code, let me introduce you to Albert Einstein”

Summary: I had to laugh as I read the other reviews for Final Theory and saw that nearly all of us were on the same page in that this book was something of a Da Vinci Code clone. I honestly don’t think I could add anything more that hasn’t been covered in dozens of other reviews. My only comment to someone picking this up for the first time would be that in my opinion it reads and feels like a novelization of an action/suspense movie. I’m r...more
Started this one on CD, then finished the last quarter or so in hardback. It was a pretty good thriller, and I liked that it was rather science-based. Despite this fact, it's a pretty mindless read that helped the miles go by faster. It sort of reminded me of a Dan Brown novel (standard twist and all), but not quite as well written nor intricate.

I've heard the phrase "write what you know," and it seems like Alpert has heard it and taken it to heart. He got an undergrad degree in astrophysics at...more
Steven Darrall
i'm starting to get a little tired of the dan brown-inspired thrillers. I realize he's hardly the first to write the 'lone man on a quest for knowledge while pursued by vast opposing forces' (ludlum made a career of it) but too many people are on this bandwagon, many of whom shouldn't be on that wagon (including brown, IMHO). Sadly, 'Final Theory', though hanging on pretty well for the most part, tumbles off by the end of the book.
There's some good story in here- the idea of Einstein discoverin...more
Okay, so I read it cover to cover, but I still disliked this book enough to write a review of it. First of all, the physics is speculative and vague, with no mathematical description whatsoever. Second of all, I've been to Fermilab and it takes the protagonist two tries to think up the best way to disable it. He should obviously do what all those safety measures are there to prevent. Thirdly, the editorializing is heavy-handed and the plotline lacks subtlety. Gee, the VP is overweight and grayin...more
Der er ikke så meget nt i historien om en uskyldig mand der får en kryptisk besked af en døende mand og pludselig er jaget af FBI og skurke der alle vil have hans viden.

Så på det punkt er Alperts bog rimelig almindelig, han smider dog lidt krydderi ind idet det er Einstein der er hovedmanden bag den teori han får et brudstykke af.

Desværre er jeg med mit fysik og matematik niveau ikke i stand ti lat afgøre om det er fuldstændig hul i hovedet eller realistiske teiroer der flyver om ørene på vores...more
Лазар Јовановић
This is one of those books you don`t expect much from, but they turn out to be quite fun. Everything is good, it has quite enough suspense for a thriller, has a good and interesting story, but in moments gets a little bit confusing with all the physics theories etc.

All in all, I recommend this book to those people who admire the "intelligent thriller" genre. They`ll find their time well spent reading this novel.
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Libri Òphiere
Un giallista che aveva qualcosa da dire

Giallo con molti difetti ma con un grande merito, il segreto del millennio attorno a cui ruota tutto, morti comprese, non è la solita cazzata alla Dan Brown. È una vera possibile scoperta scientifica anche ben fondata su presupposti storici. E dunque questo è enorme pregio di conoscenza e di intelligenza. Grazie Alpert.
Now this one is right up my alley and I completely enjoyed it, devouring it in little over a day while waiting for my luggage to arrive (thank goodness my books were packed in my boyfriend's suitcase!). The only criticism I have is that they ended it with one of those "a few months in the future" happily-ever-after scenes that just annoy me.
Anthony Sebastian
Final Theory by Mark Alpert | Mark Alpert

Science editor/writer for Scientific American magazine brings his extraordinary ability to describe complex science engagingly and effectively for the general reader to imaginative and speculative storytelling in a hard-hard-sf novel, with fully-fleshed and fully-minded interesting characters one can easily love or hate, realistic speculative science extrapolation, fine writing (style and grace), unpredictable suspense.

Wells, Asimov and Heinlein probably would have enjoyed this bo...more
Josip Brecak
A Columbian University Professor is trusted with the key that can unlock Einstein's greatest discovery, the theory of everything. He's main purpose is to keep it safe however it turns out to be more difficult than he thought it would be. This Professor now is on the run from the FBI and a Russian hit man who both are after Einstein's discovery and he fears if it falls under the wrong hands it could be used as a weapon that can deal unimaginable devastation. Surprisingly for a Mystery Thriller wh...more
Michael crage
I very much enjoyed the book. Since I was a math major in college, I was able to understand somewhat what they were getting at with the math. But the end was no mystery from fairly early in the book; I enjoy mysteries with twists and turns so I don't know the end half way through the book.
Sep 17, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Laura by: Jimmy
A co-worker recommended this book to me. He said it was similar to the DaVinci code and I partially agree. I found it more like the Bourne Identity but with more accurate science (I think). The author or Final Theory studied Physics and then gave that up for journalism. Very fast read. I actually stayed up most of monday night because I couldn't put it down. I can't say it was a profound book of course but I did enjoy reading it. Think action packed, thriller with a few twists. I did find one th...more
Myil Pulgo
This is a book that I just bought randomly. I read the blurb/sypnosis at the back of the book and I immediately found it interesting.
And now that i'm done reading this, I would gladly say that this was not a waste of my money. It was definitely a page-turner, and was easy to follow. But then, this novel had its flaws. Its twist regarding the main villain was predictable. And though, the theme of the book was supposed to be science fiction, it was actually more of a thriller.
Bottomline, I'm givi...more
Michael Barnes
Mark Alpert does a fair job with an interesting plot, but the story sounds so reminiscent of Ludlum or Brown that the ending sort of dropped off. The science proved interesting, although I admit it was mostly smoke and mirrors to me. The story also didn't have a realistic feel to me.
As soon as I started reading this book, I felt I had to reach to its end as soon as possible! It is a captivating adventurous science thriller. The author is a man of science and makes it relatively easy for the reader to understand physics meanings and theories, but he also seems to have the the germ for detective novels with manhunt and intrigue. I really could not comprehend the extreme range from low to high readers' ratings but I finally came to the conclusion that the author, trying to mix...more
Can a physicist write a readable novel, develop characters, have an interesting story line and create a tight plot? I would have to answer that question "no" based on this book. I picked this book up based on a review of someone I know who is a HUGE Albert Einstein fan and an intellectual. He loved the book - and I can see why. And although I, too, liked physics when I took it, I could not get excited about a mystery based on Albert Einstein's String Theory. But, I am not an intellectual. Life i...more
This book is kind of the scientific version of the Da Vinci Code. The premise is a hunt for Einstein's "Theory of Everything" or a mathematical equation that would explain the creation of everything in the universe. The problem with the theory is that just like E=mc2, it could be used to create massive weapons of war. The main characters in the book are trying to find the theory but at the same time trying to keep it away from people who want to use it to destroy the world.

While some of the mat...more
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Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, Extinction, and The Furies, is a contributing editor at Scientific American. In his long journalism career, he has specialized in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions, parallel universes, and the nature of consciousness. And now, in his novels, Alpert weaves cutting-edge science into hi...more
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