Über den Autor
David R. Topper, Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg (retiring in June 2012), has taught courses in the history of science and the history of art since 1970. He was the recipient of two teaching awards: the Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Winnipeg (1981) and the National 3M Teaching Fellowship (1987). Since 1982 he has been an international co-editor and since 2005, an honorary editor of the journal Leonardo. His recent publications are on matters related to the work of Galileo, Newton and Einstein. In 2007 he published Quirky Sides of Scientists: True Tales of Ingenuity and Error from Physics and Astronomy (Springer).
Part I: Genesis: Riding a Beam of Light.- Part II: Special Relativity.- Part III: General Relativity.- Part IV: Cosmology.- Part V: Exodus: Quest for a Unified Field Theory.
Presents Einstein's scientific work in a larger historical context, which goes beyond existing biographies Contributes to a deeper understanding of theory of relativity by tracing step-by-step the development of physical concepts by the works of Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Mach and others Covers all aspects of relativity theory (special and general), as well as cosmology, the unified field theory quest and Einstein's dispute over quantum physics