No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity (Hardback)
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No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 30/04/2019
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On their 100th anniversary, the story of the extraordinary scientific expeditions that ushered in the era of relativity

In 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 a solar eclipse on May 29, 1919, 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 the expeditions' 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.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691183862
Number of pages: 344


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"A wonderful book that tells the story of the most important scientific observation of the twentieth century, No Shadow of a Doubt is beautifully and engagingly written and draws on intimate knowledge about every aspect of this grand event."--Dennis Lehmkuhl, California Institute of Technology
"No Shadow of a Doubt is impressively researched and convincingly argued. With sharp prose and lucid explanations, Kennefick weaves the story of Einstein's path to general relativity with the story of Eddington's path to Africa, where he gathered evidence for the gravitational effects on light predicted by Einstein."--Joseph D. Martin, University of Cambridge

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