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The hunt for Vulcan : ... and how Albert Einstein destroyed a planet, discovered relativity, and deciphered the universe / Thomas Levenson.

Levenson, Thomas, author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780812988307
  • Physical Description: xv, 229 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Edition: Random House trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.

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General Note: Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Random House.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-216) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: "The immovable order of the world" -- "A happy thought" -- "That star is not on the map" -- Thirty eight seconds -- A disturbing mass -- "The search will end satisfactorily" -- "So long eluding the hunters" -- "The happiest thought" -- "Help me, or else I'll go crazy" -- "Beside himself with joy."
Summary, etc.: For more than fifty years, the world's top scientists searched for the "missing" planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated by Isaac Newton's theories of gravity. Levenson follows the visionary scientists who inhabit the story of the phantom planet, and offers insight into how science really advances-- as opposed to the way we're taught about it in school). He illuminates some of our most iconic ideas as he recounts one of the strangest episodes in the history of science.
Subject: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Vulcan (Hypothetical planet)
General relativity (Physics) > History > 20th century.

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