Table of contents for Once upon Einstein / Thibault Damour ; translated by Eric Novak.


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1  The Question of Time                                         1
The Eagle and the Sparrow  .....................             1
Space and Time before Einstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . .....  6
Ether: The Materialization of Absolute Space . . . . . . . . ...  10
Butterflies in a Ship's Cabin  .. . . . . . .  .  . . . . .  . . .  12
"The Step" ............ .....           ...........         14
Time Deregulated  .........................                 18
Temporal Refrigerators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... . . .  .  21
An Infinite Multiplicity of Desynchronized Times . . . . . . ...  24
2  The World's Checkerboard                                    27
"Time Does Not Exist!"  ......................              27
Bergson and Einstein  ........................              29
The Princesse de Guermantes Listens to Einstein  . . . . . . ...  33
A New "World": Space-Time  ................... 35
Methodological Interlude on the Notion of "Real" . . . . . . ... . . 39
The Space-Time Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .  .  40
The World's Checkerboard ..................... 42
A  Tenacious Illusion  ........................             47
Lorentz, Poincare, Einstein, Minkowski, and Special Relativity  . . 48
Ephemeral Matter  .........................                52
A Profound Simplification of the Basic Categories of Reality . . .. 55
3  Elastic Space-Time                                          57
Newton  Unthroned  ........................                 57
Suddenly Famous  ..................            .  ...... .  . . 60
"The Happiest Thought of My Life" . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . 61
Einstein's Elevator  ...... .....................         63
Towards a Generalized Relativity . . . . . . . . . . . . . .....  65
Einstein's Theory in a Phrase and an Image . . . . . . . . ... .  66
Space-Time Deformed  .......................              68
Einstein's Law of Space-Time Elasticity  . . . . . . . . . . . ...  73
The Strength of Space-Time Elasticity . . . . . . . . . . .....  82
4  Einstein's World-Game                                     85
Mercury Advances, the Sphinx Speaks . . . . . . . . . . . . ...  85
Vibrational Waves in the Space-Time Gelatin . . . . . . . . ...  88
Thinking of the Whole  ....  ............ .....           92
Large Space-Time Deformations: Neutron Stars and Black Holes . 96
5  Light and Energy in Grains                               103
"An Element Varying by Jumps" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . 103
A "Very Revolutionary" Idea . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... ...... 107
The Wave Nature of Light ..................... 109
The Worm within the Fruit . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... ...... 109
The Black and  the Red  .......................          111
Disorder and Counting the Configurations of Fleas . . . . . ... 113
Entropy and  Disorder  .......................           115
The Neglected Equation: E = hf . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... .. 116
First Consequences of the Neglected Equation . . . . . . . . ...  117
Matter and  Quanta  ............ ...........            119
The Icy Diamond  .........................               120
The Idea behind the Laser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... . . 122
Light and  Matter ..........................            125
6  Confronting the Sphinx                                   129
A Crucial Conversation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . .  . 129
"Waves over Here, Quanta over There!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Einstein's Ghost Field, Born's Probability Amplitude, and
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Relations . . . . . . . . . ....  134
A  Watershed Moment  .......................             137
"The Marble Smile of Implacable Nature" . . . . . . . . . . ...  139
Adventurers in Entangled Reality  . . . . . . . . . . . . ....  141
7  Einstein's Legacy                                     147
The Mouse and the Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .....  . 147
The Multiple World  ...............     ...  .....    151
The Kantian Quantum  ......................           156
The Grand  Illusions  ........................        158
Dreams of Unification  .......................        160
Not a Day without Einstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .....  . 162
Of Bears and  Men  .........................         165



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955, Physicists Germany Biography, Physicists United States Biography, Physics History 20th century