Proving Einstein right The daring expeditions that changed how we look at the universe

S. James Gates

Book - 2019

"In 1911, a nearly unknown German-born theoretical physicist named Albert Einstein had developed his theory of relativity, but hadn't yet been able to prove it. The only way to do that was through the clear view and measurement of a solar eclipse. In May of 1919, one of the longest total solar eclipses of the 20th century was visible for almost seven minutes in the Southern Hemisphere"--

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New York : PublicAffairs 2019.
Main Author
S. James Gates (author)
Other Authors
Cathie Pelletier (author)
First edition
Physical Description
viii, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 326-338) and index.
  • Map of A World of Eclipses: The Paths of Totality
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. A Path Made of Magic: The First Expeditions
  • Chapter 2. Einstein's Visionary Years: Thought Experiments and a Streetcar Ride
  • Chapter 3. The Two Eclipses of 1912: The First Attempt: Is Einstein Right?
  • Chapter 4. Einstein's Entreaty: Astronomers to the Challenge
  • Chapter 5. The 1914 Eclipse: The Second Attempt: A Path of Fire
  • Chapter 6. A Magic Carpet Made of Space-Time: The British Take Interest: Science Goes to War
  • Chapter 7. Unriddling the Universe: The British Get Ready: The Americans Persevere
  • Chapter 8. The RMS Anselm Sets Sail: A Cocoa Plantation and a Horse Jockey Club
  • Chapter 9. Príncipe and Sobral: In Colonialism's Shadow: The Teams Prepare
  • Chapter 10. "Through Cloud, Hopeful": May 29, 1919: Does Light Have Weight?
  • Chapter 11. Greek Drama: Searching the Stars: An Answer in the Hyades
  • Chapter 12. The Search for Accuracy: A New Universe: The Press Juggernaut
  • Epilogue: Men Made on Dreams
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index