The Resource No Shadow of a Doubt : The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Daniel J Kennefick

No Shadow of a Doubt : The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Daniel J Kennefick

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No Shadow of a Doubt : The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity
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No Shadow of a Doubt
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The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity
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Daniel J Kennefick
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
On their 100th anniversary, the story of the extraordinary scientific expeditions that ushered in the era of relativityIn 1919, British scientists led extraordinary expeditions to Brazil and Africa to test Albert Einstein’s revolutionary new theory of general relativity in what became the century’s most celebrated scientific experiment. The result ushered in a new era and made Einstein a global celebrity by confirming his dramatic prediction that the path of light rays would be bent by gravity. Today, Einstein’s theory is scientific fact. Yet the effort to “weigh light” by measuring the gravitational deflection of starlight during the May 29, 1919, solar eclipse has become clouded by myth and skepticism. Could Arthur Eddington and Frank Dyson have gotten the results they claimed? Did the pacifist Eddington falsify evidence to foster peace after a horrific war by validating the theory of a German antiwar campaigner? In No Shadow of a Doubt, Daniel Kennefick provides definitive answers by offering the most comprehensive and authoritative account of how expedition scientists overcame war, bad weather, and equipment problems to make the experiment a triumphant success.The reader follows Eddington on his voyage to Africa through his letters home, and delves with Dyson into how the complex experiment was accomplished, through his notes. Other characters include Howard Grubb, the brilliant Irishman who made the instruments; William Campbell, the American astronomer who confirmed the result; and Erwin Findlay-Freundlich, the German whose attempts to perform the test in Crimea were foiled by clouds and his arrest.By chronicling the expeditions and their enormous impact in greater detail than ever before, No Shadow of a Doubt reveals a story that is even richer and more exciting than previously known
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DE-B1597
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Kennefick, Daniel J
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LC call number
QC173.55
LC item number
.K46 2019
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dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Solar eclipses
  • SCIENCE / History
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specialized
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No Shadow of a Doubt : The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Daniel J Kennefick
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Contents
  • 6. The Opportunity of the Century?
  • 7. Tools of the Trade
  • 8. The Improvised Expedition
  • 9. Outward Bound
  • 10. Through Cloud, Hopefully
  • 11. Not Only Because of Theory
  • 12. Lights All Askew in the Heavens
  • 13. Theories and Experiments
  • 14. The Unbearable Heaviness of Light
  • 15. The Problem of Scientific Bias
  • Frontmatter
  • Epilogue: Where Are They Now?
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • CONTENTS
  • Prologue May 29, 1919
  • 1. The Experiment That Weighed Light
  • 2. Eclipses
  • 3. Two Pacifists, Einstein and Eddington
  • 4. Europe in Its Madness
  • 5. Preparations in Time of War
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1 online resource
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online
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9780691190051
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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10.1515/9780691190051
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25 b/w illus.
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remote
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  • (DE-B1597)527231
  • (DE-B1597)9780691190051
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No Shadow of a Doubt : The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Daniel J Kennefick
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. The Opportunity of the Century?
  • 7. Tools of the Trade
  • 8. The Improvised Expedition
  • 9. Outward Bound
  • 10. Through Cloud, Hopefully
  • 11. Not Only Because of Theory
  • 12. Lights All Askew in the Heavens
  • 13. Theories and Experiments
  • 14. The Unbearable Heaviness of Light
  • 15. The Problem of Scientific Bias
  • Frontmatter
  • Epilogue: Where Are They Now?
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • CONTENTS
  • Prologue May 29, 1919
  • 1. The Experiment That Weighed Light
  • 2. Eclipses
  • 3. Two Pacifists, Einstein and Eddington
  • 4. Europe in Its Madness
  • 5. Preparations in Time of War
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691190051
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9780691190051
Other physical details
25 b/w illus.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)527231
  • (DE-B1597)9780691190051

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