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Review - God's Equation - Amir Aczel

 

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Aczel, rather cheekly described on the cover as the 'best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem' (he did write a book of that title, but not the famous one), takes us on a journey into what Einstein described as 'his greatest mistake'.

Einstein's work on general relativity generated an equation that described the universe - only it seemed to be a universe that was expanding. This seemed crazy at the time, so Einstein slipped in an extra factor to 'correct' this 'error'.

A fascinating study of the subject, but it only achieves three stars as it doesn't quite manage to get across the message without confusing the reader. Still, an essential for anyone interested in Einstein.

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Reviewed by Brian Clegg

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