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Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn by Amanda Gefter, ISBN: 9780345531438
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ISBN: 9780345531438
Publisher: Bantam
Published: January 2014
Format: Roughcut
Language: English
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Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS In a memoir of family bonding and cutting-edge physics for readers of Brian Greene s The Hidden Reality and Jim Holt s Why Does the World Exist?, Amanda Gefter tells the story of how she conned her way into a career as a science journalist and wound up hanging out, talking shop, and butting heads with the world s most brilliant minds. At a Chinese restaurant outside of Philadelphia, a father asks his fifteen-year-old daughter a deceptively simple question: How would you define nothing? With that, the girl who once tried to fail geometry as a conscientious objector starts reading up on general relativity and quantum mechanics, as she and her dad embark on a life-altering quest for the answers to the universe s greatest mysteries. Before Amanda Gefter became an accomplished science writer, she was a twenty-one-year-old magazine assistant willing to sneak her and her father, Warren, into a conference devoted to their physics hero, John Wheeler. Posing as journalists, Amanda and Warren met Wheeler, who offered them cryptic clues to the nature of reality: The universe is a self-excited circuit, he said. And, The boundary of a boundary is zero. Baffled, Amanda and Warren vowed to decode the phrases and with them, the enigmas of existence. When we solve all that, they agreed, we ll write a book. Trespassing on Einstein s Lawn is that book, a memoir of the impassioned hunt that takes Amanda and her father from New York to Lond

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