Albert Einstein and the Frontiers of Physics

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CHAPTER 5
Einstein's Cosmology

At the beginning of 1920, Einstein's mother, who was dying, moved into the Einstein's apartment in Berlin, where she spent her last days living in Einstein's study. She died in March of that year. By this time Einstein had settled into a comfortable upper-middle-class apartment and a comfortable upper-middle-class life with Elsa and her two daughters. He became a much-sought-after university professor who lectured all over Europe. Elsa Einstein appears to have been a very caring wife, but something, at least from Einstein's point of view, must have been askew in their marriage. Otherwise he would not have written to Michele Besso's family that what he admired most about Besso was [that he was able to live so many years with one woman, not only in peace but also in constant unity, something I have lamentably failed at twice….]

Why did Einstein feel that his marriage to Elsa was a failure? Did she feel the same way? We don't know. Certainly when Einstein married Elsa he gave up whatever remained of his informal lifestyle. Photographs taken at this time show a well-dressed, sometimes even elegant-looking man. The perhaps more familiar image of Einstein dressed

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Preface - How I Did Not Get to Meet Albert Einstein 8
  • Chapter 1 - Einstein When Young 17
  • Chapter 2 - The Miracle Year 38
  • Chapter 3 - The Strange Story of the Quantum 67
  • Chapter 4 - Professor Einstein's Happiest Thought 88
  • Chapter 5 - Einstein's Cosmology 117
  • Chapter 6 - The Stranger Story of the Quantum 126
  • Chapter 7 - 112 Mercer Street 145
  • Chapter 8 - Einstein's Legacy 168
  • Coda - How I Did Get to See Einstein 173
  • Appendix - The Michelson-Morley Experiment 174
  • Chronology 183
  • Further Reading 185
  • Index 187
  • Picture Credits 191
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