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Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (Great Discoveries)

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The year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the paper that launched Einstein's career, made E=mc2 famous, and ushered in a revolution in science—the paper that announced the theory of special relativity. And there's no better short book that explains just what Einstein did than Einstein's Cosmos. Keying Einstein's crucial discoveries to the simple menta ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2004)
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Jafar Qasim
Jul 10, 2013 Jafar Qasim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أكوان موازية , منحنية ,انتقال عبر الزمن , الثقوب السوداء , لغة الرب , نظرية كل شيء ,الانفجار النووي

هي بعض المواضيع التي ستمر عليها اثناء قراءتك لكون اينشتاين و غيرها الكثير الكثير ...

جمالية هذا الكتاب تتلخص ببساطته , فاي شخص و ان لم يكن قد اتم درسته في المعاهد أو الكليات العلمية سيكون قادراً على سبر اغوار فكر اينشتاين و عقله اللامع .

ما اثار اهتمامي في تتبعي لسيرته الشخصية انه شخص عادي الذكاء لكنه اعتمد على الاجتهاد و على تركيز فكره في افق واحد كان مثار لأهتمامه مما أدى الى نجاحه ووصوله الى أعلى
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brian
Aug 18, 2012 brian rated it liked it
all this quantum mechanics and relativity stuff being so incredibly counter-intuitive, language seems even more of a barrier than usual; it's tough to properly tease out if much of what's written is meant to be metaphorical, epistemological, or just plain hard-up muthafuckin' (relative... of course) truth. or maybe some kind of hybrid? so, while kaku does an admirable job of simplifying some of einstein's more abstruse mindfucks, there're other aspects that send a bug straight up my ass.
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Jamal El
Nov 02, 2014 Jamal El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب رائع، يبين كيف أن إنشتاين إستطاع أن يغير قوانين العلم تغييرا جذريا. سيظل إنشتاين أيقونة علمية دليل على أن الحقيقة ليست مطلقة في هذ العالم، وأن الإنسان يتكامل لبلوغ هذه الحقيقة، لذلك كان الإنسان خليفة الله في هذه الأرض
Anastasia Alén
Sep 04, 2016 Anastasia Alén rated it it was amazing
Highly interesting book about the greatest mind of the twentieth century. I suppose everyone has an image about Einstein in their heads. That he's a bit of a mad scientist with that wild, white hair...but that image is not the whole truth.

I love how this book describes Einstein's personal life, relationships, politics and of course his work. I'm not a mathematician or physicist so I liked how Kaku manages to keep astrophysics and quantum mechanics both interesting and simple enough for everyone
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Carlo
May 26, 2014 Carlo rated it really liked it
Kaku emphasizes a point throughout this book that really makes you think in a new light about physics. He says that Einstein always believed that the theories he's been working on (and obviously the ones he is famous for their discovery, namely special and general relativity) can always be understood in terms of simple thought experiments or pictures. It is not difficult to see where this led Einstein, who spent the last years of his life trying to achieve unification between relativity and quan ...more
Mike
May 28, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Although I’ve read many other accounts of Einstein’s life and his contributions to physics, I wanted to see how physicist Michio Kaku wrote about him. This book is not an exhaustive biography; instead it is a “popular” book that attempts to give the casual reader a glimpse into the man who stood as tall as Isaac Newton. (For an excellent example of the other style, I recommend “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson.)

While not ignoring his early life or his marriages, the author use
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Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
هذا الكتاب فاق توقعاتي، سبق و ان شاهدت بعض من لقاءات وحوارات ميشيو وايقنت انه يحمل عقلية علمية فذة لكن وبصراحة لم اتوقعه ان تكون لديه القدرة ان يوصل المعلومة بهذا الاسلوب القصصي العلمي الرائع، سقأقرأ المزيد من مؤلفاته بكل تأكيد..

افكار الكتاب حدا حيادية ولم يكن ميشيو متحيزا الى اي طرف "المؤيدين او المناهضين لانشتاين"

البرت انشتاين حامل اذكى عقل بشري لحد الان بحسب اعتقادي والذي مر بنكبات لم تكن سهلة باي حال من الاحوال.

بالنسبة للكتاب ثري بخلاصة النظريات الفيزيائية كلها.. اهم فصل هو الفصل السادس الذي
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عبادة الحمصي

كتاب ممتع وشيّق يجذبك منذ صفحاته الأولى ليأخذك عبر رحلة فيزيائيّة تاريخيّة ممتعة تبدأ مع نهاية القرن التاسع عشرة وتمتدّ لما بعد القرن العشرين.

لغة الكتاب سهلة وأسلوب الكاتب قصصيّ فريد على الرغم من كونه فيزيائيًّا
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يصوّر الكتاب البيئة التي نمت فيها بذور النسبيّة وأينعت، ويبيّن لك أن أينشتاين ما كان ليتوصّل لنسبيّته لولا جهود العلماء الحثيثة التي تعاضدت معًا لإرساء قواعد رياضيّة متينة لها. والملفت للإنتباه والمثير للعجب أنّ فكرة النسبيّة انبثقت عن ذهنيّة تخيليّة بحتة . القصة كلّها بدأت حينما سمع أين
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Gary Baker
Jan 31, 2011 Gary Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's taken me this long to get round to reading it. I bought it as cheap, damaged stock around 2005. Yesterday I slid it off the shelf, blew off the dust and started reading. I finished it a few minutes ago.

The blurb on the back says, "You don't have to be Einstein to understand Einstein." And that is spot on. A wonderful read giving easy access to Einstein's science. We start with him trying to understand a light beam by imagining himself running along side it, and end with his unfinished
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Devero
Jul 24, 2016 Devero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questa è una biografia condensata, incentrata sul lavoro di Einstein e sulle sue diatribe più che sulla sua vita quotidiana, che comunque non è assente. Il nucleo della faccenda che il professor Kaku sottolinea è che a distanza di oltre mezzo secolo dalla sua morte, persino dalle briciole dei suoi lavori scienziati traggono ispirazioni che li portano al nobel.
Per cui lo consiglierò, forse addirittura lo presterò, a un amico che qualche settimana fa mi disse "ma che cosa ha scoperto oltre alla Re
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Abdullah
Oct 07, 2013 Abdullah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع.. يأخذك في رحلة في حياة ألبرت أينشتاين جنباً الى جنب مع نظرياته وعلومه العظيمة التي تركها خلفه في هذا العالم،، اضافة الى الكثير من النظريات التي ظهرت سواء لنقد او دعم أفكار أينشتاين عبر مسيرته.. وفي نهاية الكتاب كلام عن النظرية الموحدة التي كان يسعى لها اينشتاين في نهاية حياته والنظريات التي تسعى لتحقيق ذلك التوحيد.. كتاب رائع وانصح به
Ahmed Alam
Jan 16, 2013 Ahmed Alam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع. القدرة السردية للكاتب رائعة وتبسيط اعقد نظريات الفيزياء تستحق الاشادة.
الكتاب فتح آفاق للبحث عن معاني كثير من المطلحات والنظريات الفيزيائية اللي تناولها
الكتاب بكل بساطة لخص قصة الفيزياء الحديثة في القرن الماضي في اقل من 200 صفحة.
Thomas Dodds
Feb 27, 2013 Thomas Dodds rated it it was amazing
Second biography I ever read and By far the best most informative book I ever read.
You have Isaac Newton of the late 1600’s is well known as one of the greatest scientists who ever lived who discovered gravity. Less well known is his deep belief in God and his conviction that scientific investigation leads to a greater knowledge of God the Creator of the universe. He developed his theory of universal gravitation, which used what is known as the inverse square law. He developed his three laws of
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Banner
Feb 14, 2014 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ok yea I know the pop icon, crazy scientist, Einstein, but I have never gotten a glimpse of the man himself until now. This can only be called an introduction at best, but it is quite good. It seems most great men are not born that way, but must rise above societies norms and dare to look at the world differently. It also seems, this is not without cost.

In addition to learning about the man I developed a greater understanding and appreciation of the science he produced. Truly revolutionary. An e
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Mohammed Rashed
Jan 10, 2016 Mohammed Rashed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أينشتاين عاش هنا

أفكر دائماً أن هذا الرجل قد أتى إلينا من المستقبل، بحيث أنه قد غشّ وسرق من فكر أناس عاشوا في عصره (في المستقبل) وأتى إلى الماضي وأخذ الفضل باكتشافاته ونظرياته العلمية التي صوغها، وقد تقول هذا المستحيل من ناحية علمية وأيضاً من ناحية آينشتاين بحيث أنه كان لا يؤمن بمثل هذه الأمور التي تتعلق بتغيير الماضي والرجوع من الزمن، ولكن ما أدراك؟ ربما أنه صرح بذلك حتى لا يساورك الشك أنه أتى من المستقبل هههه

كتاب كون آينشتاين كان جداً مختصر بالنسبة لكتاب (آينشتاين حياته وعالمه) والذي هو جداً مف
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Reem Salem
Jul 13, 2014 Reem Salem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لم يكن آينشتين عبقريا بقدر ما كان حالماً شجاعاً.... هذا ما ظل يتبادر إلى ذهني وأنا اقرأ ما يمكن أن نعتبره ترجمة غيرية لسيرة آينشتين أو سيرة نظرياته فالكاتب اتخذ من أفكار آينشتين ومراحل تطور نظرياته محطات لأجزاء كتابه الثلاثة بفصولهم التسعة.

بدأ ميتشيو كاكاو، الفيزيائي المتخصص في نظرية الحقل الوتري String Theory والتي ستظهر في الفصل الأخير من الكتاب كإحدى الحلول لحلم آينشتين الذي ظل يراوده حتى وفاته بأن يوحد أعظم نظريات العلم الحديث وأكثرها تناقضاً نظرية الكم Quantum Theory ونظريته النسبيةRelativi
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مـــــــروة
حسناً فعل الكاتب باختيار عنوان الكتاب، فلم يُسمه مثلاً حياة أينشتاين أو أينشتاين والنسبية، ربما لأن نظرتنا للكون يمكن أن تُؤرّخ بما قبل أينشتاين وما بعد أينشتاين بدون مبالغة

لا أدر بم أبدأ .. فالكتاب تناول كل ما له علاقة بهذا العبقري الذي عده الكثير من المؤرخين واحداً من مائة شخصية هي الأكثر تأثيراً في الألفية المنصرمة، تناول طفولته، دراسته، عمله الذي بدأه موظفاً صغيراً في مكتب براءات الاختراع في بيرن بسويسرا إلى أن تدرج في المناصب في كبرى المعاهد العلمية بسويسرا وألمانيا وأخيراً استقر به الحال ف
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Max
Jan 19, 2015 Max rated it really liked it
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On the cover is a quote from Popular Science,”Kaku enables the reader to see and think as Einstein did.” I wish! That would be an accomplishment greater than Einstein’s. As Kaku recounts Einstein’s major discoveries, two things stand out to me. The first is the incredible magnitude of his lifetime achievement. The second is Einstein’s unique intuitive approach beginning with mental pictures of his theories then finding the supporting mathematics. One can only marvel at a mind that could pull suc ...more
Peter
Feb 23, 2017 Peter rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. Explained things directly and simply. Also, a great overview to the latest issues in physics - 'sparticles' for one!
Mike Lewis
Apr 17, 2008 Mike Lewis rated it liked it
Just finished the book Einstein’s Cosmos, which is a good look into the life of the genius physicist Albert Einstein.

The book has lots of interesting facts about Einstein such as:
- He was born in Germany but he had such a bad experience in his youth, he renounced his citizenship when he was 17
- He was always brilliant. There’s a myth that he wasn’t that smart when he was young (and a whole Kaplan advertising campaign). This is 100% wrong. He read a Geometry book when he was 12 and LOVED it. A
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mohab samir
Oct 22, 2015 mohab samir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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من أجمل وأبسط الكتب التى تناولت ملخص موجز وهام ونقى لسيرة حياة أينشتاين خصوصا انه تناول ابحاث أينشتاين فى آخر سنوات حياته العلمية والتى أغفلتها كتب سيرته الأخرى لما تصورت أن هذه الأبحاث تقلل من قدر صاحبها العالم العظيم . وهى الفترة التى إنشغل فيها العبقرى ببحث نظرية موحدة للكون يقوم فيها بدمج خواص الإلكترونات وميكانيكا الكم ومجالات الجاذبية مع نظريته المشهورة المعروفة بالنسبية العامة .وهو ما ثبت عكسه حاليا فالعلم مشغول فى العقود الأخيرة من البحث العلمى بأبحاث أينشتاين الأخيرةالتى لم يستطع فهمها ...more
Lis Carey
Einstein was probably the greatest mind of the twentieth century, revolutionized physics, and his work is still producing new breakthroughs today. Michio Kaku recounts both his scientific contributions and something of his personal life in a completely engaging, entertaining way.

While Einstein was late in starting to talk, it's not true that he was a poor student in school. What he was, was a stubborn student. He had no interest in rote learning, which was the accepted pedagogic technique in Ger
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Gendou
Oct 19, 2013 Gendou rated it liked it
Let me be honest. I wanted to hate this book. I hate Michio Kaku. He's a shameless attention-seeker. His other books were garbage not fit for toilet paper.

Somehow, he managed not to disgrace Einstein's good name, all that much. His prose is still full of self-aggrandizement. He emphasizes the mystery of the scientific details instead of doing his job and EXPLAINING THEM! But only a little. Much less than in his other books.

Pompous ass that he is, he claims that, aside from String Theory, "all ot
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Bahjat Fadhil
Feb 26, 2016 Bahjat Fadhil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ساحر، في باطنة مادة "دسمة" بُونيت على جاذبية لا سبيل لمقاومتها، لقد أستقر تقييمي للكتاب هو 4-5 لكنني لم أمنع نفسي من إضافة النجمة الخامسة تحمل معها شكراً وتقديراً للكاتب، الذي لم يجعلك تشعر بأنك تقرأ كتاب علمي، وإنما رواية لأحد الشخصيات العظيمة.
وهذا لا يعني أن لم تعرف ما هي الجاذبية او من هو نيوتن سوف تفهم الكتاب! لأن اغلب النظريات التي يتكلم عنها الكتاب بدأت من قانون الجاذبية وبعض النظريات التي وضعها نيوتن.
سوف تنطلق مع الكاتب من اليوم الذي ولد فيه صاحبنا اليهودي ذو الرأس الكبير الى يوم مما
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Fatma Alothman
Apr 10, 2016 Fatma Alothman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع يتحدث عن انشتاين سيرة شخصية وكذلك عن نظرياته وتنبؤاته المستقبليه وأيضا
تناول أراءه الدينيه والفلسفيه وتوجهاته السياسية حيث كان انشتاين رجل ,
الانسانية ودود كل من يراه يحبه وحتى الأطفال وأيضا قصة كفاحة حيث أنه له رأي سديد ولم يكن يقتنع بالتعليم الألماني والتقليدي وحتى حياته العاطفية لم تسلم من حبه للفيزياء , كتاب ممتع يصلح للمتخصصين ولغيرالمتخصصين ومن المعلومات المهمة أنه لم يكن له يد في صنع القنبله الذريه والى يومنا هذا تم اكتشاف العديد من الاختراعات عن طريق انشتاين الرجل العبقري وحتى
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Sophie
Dec 19, 2012 Sophie rated it it was amazing
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Just finished reading. Loved it. Very well written, as always.. then again, I have not picked up any of Michio's books and NOT liked them. Wish List: to meet & perhaps have lunch with Michio Kaku.(Providing it was okay with his wife :-).
Seriously, When I was in school, I did not do well in higher maths, although that could reflect on the teachers.
When I watch Michio on TV, he is engaging and entertaining and thought provoking. When you read Michio, it is the same. He has an appeal that rea
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Frank
Feb 09, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
Wow! Never before have I really began to comprehend the impact that the life of Albert Einstein had on our world. Dr Kaku does this in a way that brings Einstein's complex theories and formulas to a level I could ALMOST grasp. Dr Kaku paints an amazing picture of not only Einstein but also the world of mathematics and physics, not to mention politics, that he both shaped and was shaped by. I'm nothing less than in awe of the impact Einstein made then and still makes today. Amazing and inspiring. ...more
Mustafa Assaf
Oct 18, 2016 Mustafa Assaf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
القارئ في طريق اينشتاين للعالمية يكتشف انه انسان طبيعي و عاش حياة طبيعية, الا انه رفض الاستسلام للواقع. اجمل ما في الموضوع هو التبوؤات التي توقعها بدون دليل علمي او تجارب و التي اتثبتت بعد عشرات السنين يوكد ان هذا الانسان استطاع ان يصل الى مرحلة بالعلم لم يصلها احد على الاطلاق و نقتبس مقولته ان النظريات بالرغم من اهمية الرياضيات و اخرجها بمعدلات الا ان الاصل هو الفهم بصورة عاملة بعيد عن المعادلات مع اهميتها و هذا الذي فعله اينشتانين
Simon
Feb 11, 2012 Simon rated it it was amazing
What a great book! If you've ever asked yourself: "what exactly did Einstein DO?" This book nails it. Four things:

1. Light is a constant (not time)- special relativity
2. E=MC2 - energey from any object
3. Gravity isn't really gravity but space-time. Gravity doesn't pull us. Space-time pushes us.
4. Unified Field Theory - which he never really solved. But superstring theory might do this.

Awesome book. Well written.
Christy
May 24, 2009 Christy rated it liked it
This is a book that I never would have chosen on my own, but my friend insisted that I read it. She is a lot smarter than me so it was easy for her to understand, but I have to admit that it was kind of interesting to read not only about Einstein's theories but also about his personal life. I actually struggled to get through some of it but I am glad that I read it. It has made me want to learn about physic's.
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Dr. Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at the City College of New York , best-selling author, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics of science.

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“PREFACE A New Look at the Legacy of Albert Einstein Genius. Absent-minded professor. The father of relativity. The mythical figure of Albert Einstein—hair flaming in the wind, sockless, wearing an oversized sweatshirt, puffing on his pipe, oblivious to his surroundings—is etched indelibly on our minds. “A pop icon on a par with Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, he stares enigmatically from postcards, magazine covers, T-shirts, and larger-than-life posters. A Beverly Hills agent markets his image for television commercials. He would have hated it all,” writes biographer Denis Brian. Einstein is among the greatest scientists of all time, a towering figure who ranks alongside Isaac Newton for his contributions. Not surprisingly, Time magazine voted him the Person of the Century. Many historians have placed him among the hundred most influential people of the last thousand years.” 0 likes
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