The Perfect Theory

04 February 2014

Pedro Ferreira

Publisher: Little, Brown (4 Feb 2014) | ISBN-13: 978-1408703106

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Astrophysics expert Professor Pedro Ferreira offers a popular history of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. He outlines the sheer magnificence of its discovery and lays bare the infighting that the theory sparked across a whole century. Einstein’s theory was met with both enthusiasm and tremendous resistance when it was first published in 1915. Anything that involves gravity can be explained by it. Ferreira describes the battles, feuds and vendettas surrounding the theory, how it is entangled with the flashpoints of history, and how it has informed our understanding of what the Universe is made of.

Pedro Ferreira is professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Computational Cosmology. He has spent more than 25 years working at the frontline of general relativity and cosmology research.