RivetingStanley lets us share the excitement a hundred years later in this entertaining and gripping book It s a must read if you ever wondered how Einstein became Einstein Manjit Kumar, author of Quantum Deeply researched and profoundly absorbingMatthew Stanley traces one of the greatest epics of scientific historyAn amazing story Michael Frayn, author of Tony Award winning Copenhagen For a century, Einstein s relativity has inspired otherworldly thoughts Yet as Matthew Stanley demonstrates, Einstein s efforts were deeply enmeshed within our own world a world riven by the drama and disruption of the First World War This beautifully written, moving account captures the heady thrills and crushing setbacks of one of the great intellectual adventures of modern times David Kaiser, Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics, MIT, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics Even if you know a lot about the history of relativity even if you know the old stories about Sir Arthur Eddington s voyage into try to prove Albert Einstein s theories correct you probably haven t pondered just how unlikely the Einstein Eddington pairing really was At a time where the mere hint of fraternization with the enemy could land you in jail as a spy, a Briton embraced the ideas of an enemy scientist, and helped launch the legend of arguably the greatest physicist of modern times A fascinating story Charles Seife, author of Zero The Biography of a Dangerous Idea Detailed and readableIt is especially revealing about Einstein s scientific work and private life leading up to the momentous events ofPeter Coles Nature A thrilling history of the development of the theory of relativitya superb account of Einstein s and Eddington s spectacularly successful struggles to work and survive under miserable wartime conditions Kirkus Reviews, starred review ImpressiveStanley s well told and impressively readable chronicle delivers a wider, and still relevant, message that how science is performed is inextricable from other aspects of people s lives Publishers Weekly He succeeds in wrapping up the global, national and scientific politics of an era in a compelling story of one man s wild theory, lucidly sketched, and its experimental confirmation in the unlikeliest and most exotic circumstances Simon Ings Spectator Few books about events a century ago carry as relevant a message for today s world of resurgent nationalism as does Matthew Stanley s Einstein s WarStanley is a storyteller par excellence his riveting, blow by blow account of Einstein s struggleis an unusually reader friendly journey into relativity theoryEinstein and Eddington would have liked it Washington PostHow an unknown German and an Englishman on opposite sides of WWI created a scientific revolutionIn , Arthur Eddington, a war weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor named Einstein The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world changing theory of general relativity, the first complete revision of our conception of the universe since Isaac Newton Until then, Einstein s masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown Many Britons were rejecting anything German, but Eddington realized the importance of the letter perhaps Einstein s esoteric theory could not only change the foundations of science but also lead to international co operation in a time of brutal warFew recognize how the Great War, the industrialized slaughter that bled Europe fromto , shaped Einstein s life and work While Einstein never held a rifle, he formulated general relativity blockaded in Berlin, literally starving His name is now synonymous with genius , but it was not an easy roadEinstein spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to global celebrity owed much to against the odds international collaboration, including Eddington s globe spanning expedition oftwo years before they finally met to catch a fleeting solar eclipse for a rare opportunity to confirm Einstein s bold prediction that light has weightWe usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, but here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns Einstein s War is a celebration of what science can offer when bigotry and nationalism are defeated Using previously unknown sources and written like a thriller, it shows relativity being built brick by brick in front of us, as it happenedyears agoRivetingStanley lets us share the excitement a hundred years later in this entertaining and gripping book It s a must read if you ever wondered how Einstein became Einstein Manjit Kumar, author of Quantum Deeply researched and profoundly absorbingMatthew Stanley traces one of the greatest epics of scientific historyAn amazing story Michael Frayn, author of Tony Award winning Copenhagen For a century, Einstein s relativity has inspired otherworldly thoughts Yet as Matthew Stanley demonstrates, Einstein s efforts were deeply enmeshed within our own world a world riven by the drama and disruption of the First World War This beautifully written, moving account captures the heady thrills and crushing setbacks of one of the great intellectual adventures of modern times David Kaiser, Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics, MIT, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics Even if you know a lot about the history of relativity even if you know the old stories about Sir Arthur Eddington s voyage into try to prove Albert Einstein s theories correct you probably haven t pondered just how unlikely the Einstein Eddington pairing really was At a time where the mere hint of fraternization with the enemy could land you in jail as a spy, a Briton embraced the ideas of an enemy scientist, and helped launch the legend of arguably the greatest physicist of modern times A fascinating story Charles Seife, author of Zero The Biography of a Dangerous Idea Detailed and readableIt is especially revealing about Einstein s scientific work and private life leading up to the momentous events ofPeter Coles Nature A thrilling history of the development of the theory of relativitya superb account of Einstein s and Eddington s spectacularly successful struggles to work and survive under miserable wartime conditions Kirkus Reviews, starred review ImpressiveStanley s well told and impressively readable chronicle delivers a wider, and still relevant, message that how science is performed is inextricable from other aspects of people s lives Publishers Weekly He succeeds in wrapping up the global, national and scientific politics of an era in a compelling story of one man s wild theory, lucidly sketched, and its experimental confirmation in the unlikeliest and most exotic circumstances Simon Ings Spectator Few books about events a century ago carry as relevant a message for today s world of resurgent nationalism as does Matthew Stanley s Einstein s WarStanley is a storyteller par excellence his riveting, blow by blow account of Einstein s struggleis an unusually reader friendly journey into relativity theoryEinstein and Eddington would have liked it Washington PostHow an unknown German and an Englishman on opposite sides of WWI created a scientific revolutionIn , Arthur Eddington, a war weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor named Einstein The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world changing theory of general relativity, the first complete revision of our conception of the universe since Isaac Newton Until then, Einstein s masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown Many Britons were rejecting anything German, but Eddington realized the importance of the letter perhaps Einstein s esoteric theory could not only change the foundations of science but also lead to international co operation in a time of brutal warFew recognize how the Great War, the industrialized slaughter that bled Europe fromto , shaped Einstein s life and work While Einstein never held a rifle, he formulated general relativity blockaded in Berlin, literally starving His name is now synonymous with genius , but it was not an easy roadEinstein spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to global celebrity owed much to against the odds international collaboration, including Eddington s globe spanning expedition oftwo years before they finally met to catch a fleeting solar eclipse for a rare opportunity to confirm Einstein s bold prediction that light has weightWe usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, but here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns Einstein s War is a celebration of what science can offer when bigotry and nationalism are defeated Using previously unknown sources and written like a thriller, it shows relativity being built brick by brick in front of us, as it happenedyears ago