An engaging spoof of the modern view of the universe which, as the author shows, defies common sense to the point of absurdity. It presents in straightforward language the real Albert Einstein, and the fictitious, hapless U. T. Zalna with his theory of Irrelativity. Following the new theory's universal consequences, the author shows his gift for bringing theoretical science to life. He explains in detail, often with tongue in cheek, the conservation of matter and energy, the ether, black holes, the slowing of time, time travel, matter-energy systems, religion, the foundations of science, the mind-body problem, the physically possible, the impossible, the unknown, and the sublime; and how Irrelativity effects these. The clarity of his writing, his genius for narrative, his asides and frequent offhanded quips propel us through the book. When we pause to wonder, we discover the ridiculous and smiles turn to laughter. This refreshingly light-hearted, funny, yet thoughtful and well-crafted story makes us think hard and laugh harder.
Among many letters received were three from outstanding writers of science fiction. "Einstein meets Seinfeld! An oddly satisfying romp through some really weird neighborhoods of both substance and theory. Douglas Adams, take a glance over your shoulder and say hello to Robert Epstein!" (Mike Sirota, author of Bicycling Through Space and Time) "A rich mix of fact and fantasy, told in a style somewhere between Martin Gardner and Henny Youngman. Epstein spoofs Big Science while simultaneously conveying real data about the universe. A fun book." (Charles Platt author of The Silicon Man) "An infuriating book! I can't count the times I winced, got angry...then broke down laughing." (David Brin, physicist, winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, author of Earth and The Postman)From the Back Cover :
the ideal book for people who don't already know everything about the universe. It synthesizes unequal parts of modern physics and the philosophy of science with perfectly necessary doses of wit and humor.
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Description du livre Asterion, 1997. Trade Paperback. État : New. 1st Edition, 1st Impression. New. Flat-signed by author on full title page. Tight, clean, unread copy. Signature guaranteed. Please ask for pictures. Signed by Author. N° de réf. du libraire 192588
Description du livre Astrion Pub, 1997. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111884470130