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What Einstein Got Wrong

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He was the quintessential genius whose brainpower rewrote the laws of the universe. Albert Einstein may have died decades ago, but his immense legacy continues. Who has not heard of Einsteins theory of relativity, which revolutionized our understanding of space, time, and matter? His other discoveries are themselves titanic achievements that on
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Published December 17th 2017 by The Great Courses (first published December 8th 2017)
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Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The title is catchy, if a bit misleading. Hooper gives us the full universe of Einsteins thoughts, theories and professional disagreements as well as a very condensed but helpful view of astrophysics in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Though a number of my GR friends are beyond these lectures (which are for the lay person), I found them very helpful and well presented. Hooper takes us through relativity, cosmology, quantum mechanics and other topics with a measured pace and plenty of helpful
Bob Nichols
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to these lectures more to understand Einstein better than to learn about what he got wrong (the title of the lecture series).

The discussion of gravity is not clear in one respect. With Einstein, its said that gravity is not a force, but a consequence of geometry (large masses depress space-time and straight-line movement of smaller masses follow the space-time curvature), but it doesnt help that Hooper still says that for Einstein gravity was not merely a force and that he references
Alex Shrugged
This is a Great Courses summary of the discoveries of Albert Einstein. The title is meant to be provocative, but in fact, Einstein is presented respectfully and praised as much as he deserves which is quite a lot. I call it a summary since I've also enjoyed another set of lectures containing the same information in more detail: Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists.

As with anyone who dared to try, Einstein produced some ideas that were mistaken. He
Chad Schultz
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's hard to talk about relativity and quantum mechanics and still be clear, especially in audiobook form. This is fairly short and only dips lightly into those subjects, so don't expect an in-depth understanding. It's not bad for what it is though. In some ways, it's more about the people (especially Einstein) and the process of science than the actual science itself. Despite being absolutely brilliant and making incredible contributions to science, Einstein proved to be stubborn, or even ...more
Le Phuong
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a nicely presented book on a comprehensive view of modern physics: relativity, cosmology, quantum mechanics, centered around Einstein's works and theories. Einstein does make mistakes, but he is undeniably a great scientist who shapes the whole field of modern physics. Many of his theories, calculations, speculations give the basis for not only expanding our knowledge about the universe but also technological advancement.

If you're an anti-fan of Einstein and looking for some chances to
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Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good discussion about Einsteins successes and mistakes. The jury is still out on some of his ideas, but he really nailed some really important ones. Good discussion about his 4 1905 papers , his path to figuring out general relativity and much more. Not bad ...more
Trung Nguyen Dang
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great lectures by The Great Courses
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Even geniuses make mistakes. This course is easy to understand (even for a non-physicist like me) and informative.
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Daniel Wayne Hooper is an American cosmologist and particle physicist specializing in the areas of dark matter, cosmic rays, and neutrino astrophysics.

He is a Senior Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

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