Einstein's Heroes: Imagining the World Through the Language of MathematicsImagine you are fluent in a magical language of prophecy, a language so powerful it can accurately describe things you cannot see or even imagine. Einstein's Heroes takes you on a journey of discovery about just such a miraculous language—the language of mathematics—one of humanity's most amazing accomplishments. Blending science, history, and biography, this remarkable book reveals the mysteries of mathematics, focusing on the life and work of three of Albert Einstein's heroes: Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and especially James Clerk Maxwell, whose work directly inspired the theory of relativity. Robyn Arianrhod bridges the gap between science and literature, portraying mathematics as a language and arguing that a physical theory is a work of imagination involving the elegant and clever use of this language. The heart of the book illuminates how Maxwell, using the language of mathematics in a new and radical way, resolved the seemingly insoluble controversy between Faraday's idea of lines of force and Newton's theory of actionatadistance. In so doing, Maxwell not only produced the first complete mathematical description of electromagnetism, but actually predicted the existence of the radio wave, teasing it out of the mathematical language itself. Here then is a fascinating look at mathematics: its colorful characters, its historical intrigues, and above all its role as the uncannily accurate language of nature. 
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Review: Einstein's Heroes: Imagining the World Through the Language of Mathematics
User Review  GoodreadsThis is an unusual book  partially a biography of Newton, Faraday and Maxwell (Einstein had portraits of Maxwell and Newton on his wall  hence the title), but mostly a detailed discussion of how the ... Read full review
Review: Einstein's Heroes: Imagining the World Through the Language of Mathematics
User Review  Andy Love  GoodreadsThis is an unusual book  partially a biography of Newton, Faraday and Maxwell (Einstein had portraits of Maxwell and Newton on his wall  hence the title), but mostly a detailed discussion of how the ... Read full review
Contents
A Seamless Intertwining  1 
A Reluctant Revolutionary  8 
Beetles Strings and Sealing Wax  14 
The Nature of Physics  29 
The Language of Physics  42 
Why Newton Held the World in Thrall  51 
Rites of Passage  83 
A Fledgling Physicist  96 
The Magical Synthesis of Algebra and Geometry  172 
Maxwells Mathematical Language  195 
Maxwells Rainbow  229 
A Revolution in Physics  248 
Epilogue  274 
Appendix  282 
Notes and Sources  284 
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