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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Professor on the Run for his Life and an Unpublished Einstein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
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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
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Evelyn
Aug 28, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it
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.

Falcon Dove
Nov 28, 2015 Falcon Dove rated it really liked it
To me, Mark Alpert was an unknown author, but the title of his book, 'Final Theory', caught my attention. I have great respect for mr. Albert Einstein, so when an author involve him in his history, I simply have to read the book.

Many authors writes about the law of physics in their books, but unfortunately, too often it turns out, that they are either very shallow, or they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Thankfully, Mark Alpert does not apply to this pitiful category of writ
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Carol Palmer
Dec 07, 2015 Carol Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Physics and the Theory of Everything

A exciting and fun read about what if Einstein already found a "Theory of Everything.? " A unification theory would join the physics of the world of quantum theory , and the theory of relatively. Would
this create more efficient ways for the destruction of our enemies or miraculous applications in medicine and energy production . This is a story that is for science geeks and anyone interested in what Morgan Freeman talks about on The Unverse. The science is ba
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Lauren
Oct 17, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it
A page-turner about the search for Einstein's "Theory of Everything."
Learned some good science-type stuff.
Liana Aldina
Oct 01, 2014 Liana Aldina rated it really liked it
Ar vieglu fizikas piegaršu.
Marina Shemesh
Dec 13, 2014 Marina Shemesh rated it it was amazing
The Final Theory" is written by Mark Alpert, an editor at "Scientific American". Although the book is about Albert Einstein's Unified Field Theory, or the Theory of Everything, Mister Alpert has written a fast-paced thriller that will have you turning the pages as fast as you can read them.

The protagonist is David Swift, a Columbia University professor. His university mentor, a physicist who had worked with Albert Einstein, is brutally attacked and asks for David. Just before the physicist dies,
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Paul Pessolano
Jan 27, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
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
Ann
Apr 02, 2008 Ann rated it really liked it
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
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E
Sep 26, 2014 E rated it it was ok
This book is a mess. From the title, you might realize that it involves the "final theory" of physics, the "theory of everything" that unites general relativity and quantum mechanics, which are currently considered incompatible.

Alpert wrote a novel in which Einstein in fact discovered the equations that would unite the two branches. However, because he was afraid of the power that holding such a theory would bring, he did not publicize it. Instead he gave it to his various underlings in chunks.
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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
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Josip Brecak
Jun 11, 2014 Josip Brecak rated it really liked it
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
Laura
Sep 17, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Vichy
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
AshishB
Nov 24, 2011 AshishB rated it really liked it
Mark Alpert the writer of this book has used real science, history and politics..This book is complete Movie Material(well i wonder no one has thought of making one).
The Author himself is the student of such high level of Physics studies n that thing was absolutely essential for this book...the way he explained certain phenomenons of subject were absolutely Brilliant....
Because of this book I got interested in the unified theory n Omega theory..well this book has awaken the science thirst in me.
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Alex Chung
Sep 08, 2010 Alex Chung rated it it was amazing
Final Theory is a book that I bought at Costco and I just bought it because I had to read an independent book for school and I thought it would be an easy read. The book was very great and thoroughly surprised me considering the fact that almost none of the librarians I asked knew about the book. I read and reread the book countless times and it never displeases me. I told my teacher about the book and she said that she would look into the book and she also loved it. I would recommend this to an ...more
Gary Grubb
Dec 19, 2010 Gary Grubb rated it really liked it
After taking a small breather upon finishing "Atlas Shrugged" I'm now into a book that was given to me as a gift... "Final Theory". Gift books can certainly be a challenge when, not only am I particular about the books I read, but the giver is not at all familiar with my reading habits. Well, "Final Theory" is proving to be not only an easy read (particularly after "Atlas Shrugged"), but also a fun read. For me it's a hard one to put down.
Farhan
Oct 21, 2014 Farhan rated it really liked it
Yes, this novel seems to be a paint-by-number job; a story erected on the frame of the ever-popular thriller novel template: cliche'd characters, pedestrian writing, but backed with a powerful narrative, thrilling chase sequences, heroic action scenes, and a satisfying conclusion. Although it is being touted as a science-based thriller but what little science it has comes by way of hastily concocted theories woven out of vaguely explained theoretical physics concepts, and some neat high-tech gad ...more
A.M.
I love anything having to do with quantum physics, metaphysics and unified theories, so I was intrigued by this suspense book about a physicist on the run from the FBI. Unfortunately, the physics takes a backseat to the violence, torture and terror that constitute the overall plot and action of Final Theory - too much bloodshed for me. After 100 pages, I skipped to the end to find out who lived and called it a day. :(
Лазар Јовановић
Apr 07, 2014 Лазар Јовановић rated it really liked it
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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Ginger Weirich
Mar 12, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing
This thriller “hits the ground running” and doesn’t let up. Think the “theory of everything” hidden from the world for half a century. Add in a deranged physicist, an autistic teenage boy, a scientific historian and a plethora of peripheral characters and you wind up with one tense situation that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Excellent read!!
Helen
Jan 01, 2009 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was a page turner. I appreciate authors who have backgrounds in what they are writing about (i.e: Kathy Reichs & forensic anthropology). I can usually count on accuracy and I learn about non-fiction themes via novels - a neat way to learn difficult concepts. This is the case with this novel that discusses physics (Einstein's theories)and the 'Theory of Everything'.
Mark Hartman
Sep 11, 2011 Mark Hartman rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This suspenseful thriller follows a would-be-physicist-turned-professor along a run-for-his-life adventure based on the premise that Einstein succeeded in finding a solution for a unified field theory. I could not put this book down. Final Theory evoked what was probably the quickest read I had ever given to a book of its volume.
Michael crage
Jul 29, 2015 Michael crage rated it really liked it
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.
Jane
Jul 27, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
The science in this book is fun: it's cutting edge and impossible to wrap your brain around but it's always fun to try. We have a neighbor who specializes in detection of "neutrinos" and this book is a great primer for lame attempts at cocktail conversation with him!
Mike
Jul 23, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
A thriller from the very begining. This book is the type of book that keeps you up late at night. You don't want to go to bed till you know what happens next. It is constant action. I liked it so much that I'm getting the sequel -- "The Omega Theory".
Jenny
Apr 03, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
this was gripping and an intriguing concept. What if Einstein had found a theory of Everything that explained everything...what lengths would people go to in order to get this theory... fun read.
Gordon Clifford
Apr 21, 2009 Gordon Clifford rated it really liked it
this book has a lot more to offer that just your average action thriller. physics history, and good character development. who will find the hidden lost eintein theory that could destroy the world?
Sieran
May 27, 2010 Sieran rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Very fast paced and attention grabbing. Nice. Enjoyed the action scenes.

Liked the bit on sterile neutrinos.

Ooh, loved that plot twist near the end--very creative and unexpected/
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Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, Extinction, The Furies, and The Six, 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 and parallel universes. And now, in his novels, Alpert weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers th ...more
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