Editorial Reviews of “Einstein's Cosmos” by Michio Kaku
From Scientific American
“Thanks to Kaku's insight (he is a theoretical physicist) and his flair for explaining dense scientific concepts (he is a best-selling author), this brief book weaves Einstein's life and work into a seamless, hard-to-put-down narrative. The organizing metaphor is how Einstein thought in terms of simple physical pictures--speeding trains, falling elevators, moving clocks. Excellent for the neophyte or readers who want to refresh their knowledge about Einstein without being talked down to or bored.”
Michio Kaku is the co-founder of String Field Theory and is the author of international best-selling books such as Hyperspace, Visions, and Beyond Einstein. Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York.
I am including the following review placed on Amazon by T. Scherff, Jan. 28, 2005, because it does a pretty good job of summing up “Einstein’s Cosmos” …Why reinvent the wheel? :)
i am a child of the 60's. Einstein died when i was 4. i am of average
intelligence, with a college degree in English. Math and science were never my favorite
subjects, nor was i very good at them.
“with all that in mind, i was blown away by this book. it covers the biography of Einstein only minimally and spends the majority of its fast paced, easy reading 235 pages talking about the discoveries of Einstein and their impact on the scientific community.
“i won't try to improve on what the author does so well, and that is explain in simple terms the concepts of Einstein. To be perfectly honest, i'm still not sure of them all exactly nor what they portend.
“what further amazed me is how this genius thinks. he thought in pictures. "what if i traveled as fast as the speed of light, what would it look like?" "why when i fall do i become weightless?" his failure at the end of his life to solve his unified field theory was because he couldn't put it into a picture.
“i always go back to the old movie "the paper chase". in it the Harvard professor played by john houseman tells his students that it is his job to teach them how to think. i firmly believe that that is what the education system needs to do. teach people how to think. had i been taught physics with the concepts in this book, i would not have dreaded every minute i spent in that course.
“read, enjoy, wonder! a great trip through an amazing mind.“