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Hunt for Vulcan, The: …And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe Thomas Levenson

Hunt for Vulcan, The: …And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe

Thomas Levenson

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The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed.For more than 50 years, the worlds top scientists searched for the missing planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated byMoreThe captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed.For more than 50 years, the worlds top scientists searched for the missing planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated by Isaac Newtons theories of gravity. Countless hours were spent on the hunt for the elusive orb, and some of the eras most skilled astronomers even claimed to have found it.There was just one problem: It was never there.In The Hunt for Vulcan, Thomas Levenson follows the visionary scientists who inhabit the story of the phantom planet, starting with Isaac Newton, who, in 1687, provided an explanation for all matter in motion throughout the universe, leading to Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier, who, almost two centuries later, built on Newtons theories and discovered Neptune, becoming the most famous scientist in the world. Le Verrier attempted to surpass that triumph by predicting the existence of yet another planet in our solar system: Vulcan.It took Albert Einstein to discern that the mystery of the missing planet was a problem not of measurements or math but of Newtons theory of gravity itself. Einsteins general theory of relativity proved that Vulcan did not and could not exist and that the search for it had merely been a quirk of operating under the wrong set of assumptions about the universe. Levenson tells the previously untold tale of how the discovery of Vulcan in the 19th century set the stage for Einsteins monumental breakthrough, the greatest individual intellectual achievement of the 20th century.A dramatic human story of an epic quest, The Hunt for Vulcan offers insight into how science really advances (as opposed to the way were taught about it in school) and how the best work of the greatest scientists reveals an artists sensibility. Opening a new window onto our world, Levenson illuminates some of our most iconic ideas as he recounts one of the strangest episodes in the history of science.