God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe

Synopsis

In the author's view, Einstein served as God's mouthpiece, revealing fundamental truths about the universe. This book is the first to discuss letters from Einstein that put a spin on his relationship with other scientists and early efforts to prove his theories. 15 illustrations.

Excerpt

In January 1998, the way we perceive the universe changed forever. Astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. As soon as the new findings were announced, cosmologists from all over the world rushed to try to explain the underlying phenomenon. The most promising theory these scientists could come up with was one that Albert Einstein had proposed eight decades earlier and quickly retracted, calling it his greatest blunder. Every year, new developments prove the accuracy of Einstein's theories. But if the cosmologists' new assessments are correct, then Einstein was right even when he was sure he was wrong.

About the time this astounding news was being reported, I received a curious piece of mail. It was sent to me by L. P. Lebel, a reader of my book Fermat's Last Tbeorem who had become a friend, and with whom I'd been exchanging letters. This time, however, the envelope contained no letter: simply a cutting of an article written by George Johnson in the New York Times. I read the article with great interest: it was about pure mathematics, not physics or cosmology. In the article, Mr. Johnson posed an intriguing question: Is it possible that other forms of mathe-

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