Final Theory (Final Theory #1)
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Professor on the Run for his Life and an Unpublished Einstein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 call...more
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
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.
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, ...more
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. ...more
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
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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
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
In general the book was captivating and interesting. I certainly learned a lot abo ...more
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
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
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
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
There's some good story in here- the idea of Einstein discoverin ...more
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
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.
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.
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