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Thames & Hudson

What if Einstein Was Wrong?


"What if...?" are the two words that sow the seeds for human speculation, experimentation, invention, evolution, revolution, and change. In an uncertain age, economists are asking, "What if growth stopped growing?"; scientists, "What if light speed were overtaken?"; and politicians, "What if the third world became the first?" What If Einstein Was Wrong? challenges a team of scholars to experiment with 50 topical science speculations, at a time when the hunt for the Higgs boson particle is threatening to undermine the foundations of our knowledge. Consider what time travel, warp speed, artificial gravity, or the loss of Schrodinger's cat could mean to us, and en route accumulate the knowledge you need to debate the shape that our science might take in the future.

About the Author

Brian Clegg read Natural Sciences, focusing on experimental physics, at Cambridge University. After developing hi-tech solutions for British Airways and working with creativity guru Edward de Bono, he formed a creative consultancy advising clients ranging from the BBC to the Met Office. He has written for Nature, The Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is editor of the book review site, and his own published titles include A Brief History of Infinity and How to Build a Time Machine.