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Published: 20 July 2006

336 Pages | 48 line illus.

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195308907

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Einstein's Heroes

Imagining the World through the Language of Mathematics

Robyn Arianrhod

Blending science, history, and biography, this remarkable book illuminates the life and work of three of Albert Einstein's heroes: Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and especially James Clerk Maxwell, whose work directly inspired the theory of relativity. Arianrhod portrays mathematics as a language and argues that a physical theory is a work of imagination involving the elegant and clever use of this language. The heart of the book illuminates how Maxwell, using the language of mathematics in a new and radical way, resolved the seemingly insoluble controversy between Faraday's idea of lines of force and Newton's theory of action-at-a-distance.