Albert Einstein turned classical physics on its head with his search for a new theory of gravitation. Since the days of Newton it had been generally assumed that time always travelled at the same speed, but Einstein changed all that and the consequences of his research are still of prime concern to scientists today. His theories are also integral to our daily lives, underlying many things we can no longer imagine doing without, such as GPS navigation.
Thomas Bührke presents the main aspects of Einstein's theories of relativity –without getting bogged down in the maths! – tracing their development all the way up to the current state of knowledge. He describes Einstein’s friends and foes and discusses the reverberations of his breathtaking new theories in literature and art. The book is rounded off by brief interviews with contemporary luminaries.
2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s death and the 110th anniversary of his Special Theory of Relativity, as well as 90 years of general relativity theory.
Thomas Bührke is supremely skilled at communicating highly complex issues in an entertaining and comprehensible way.
Press acclaim for Brilliant Failures
“A highly informative and precisely formulated book based on extensive research.″
– Frank Ufen, Frankfurter Rundschau
• “This work deserves credit for bringing heroes of research and experimentation together into a coherent, compact and very readable whole, embellished with fascinating details that make history come alive.”
– Helmut Hornung, Max Planck Research Institute