On their 100th anniversary, the story of the extraordinary scientific expeditions that ushered in the era of relativity.
In 1919, British scientists led extraordinary expeditions to Brazil and Africa to test Albert Einstein's revolutionary new theory of general relativity in what became the century's most celebrated scientific experiment. The result ushered in a new era and made Einstein a global celebrity by confirming his dramatic prediction that the path of light rays would be bent by gravity.
Today, Einstein's theory is scientific fact. Yet the effort to "weigh light" by measuring the gravitational deflection of starlight during the May 29, 1919, solar eclipse has become clouded by myth and skepticism. Could Arthur Eddington and Frank Dyson have gotten the results they claimed? Did the pacifist Eddington falsify evidence to foster peace after a horrific war by validating the theory of a German antiwar campaigner? In No Shadow of a Doubt, Daniel Kennefick provides definitive answers by offering the most comprehensive and authoritative account of how expedition scientists overcame war, bad weather, and equipment problems to make the experiment a triumphant success.
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Excellent review of the events surrounding the 1919 eclipse expeditions by Dyson and Eddington. Kennefick dispels all relevant myths on the topic.
A huge moment in science and history
This was a real surprise. A very accessible insight into a huge moment in science and history that had almost faded away.
The book is packed with interesting asides and links to events - it is dense but very rewarding.
Some of the complex science went over my head (not hard) but I still found the story very enjoyable.
Narrator is excellent.