A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

First created by Albert Einstein to make his theory of relativity work within a static universe, this was considered a kind of anti-gravity force that would hold everything together. When the theory of a cosmological constant was proven to be defunct, Einstein considered it the worst mistake of his life.

Cosmological constant Quotes in A Brief History of Time

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Chapter 1 Quotes

It is an interesting reflection on the general climate of thought before the twentieth century that no one had suggested that the universe was expanding or contracting. [...] this may have been due to people’s tendency to believe in eternal truths, as well as the comfort they found in the thought that even though they may grow old and die, the universe is eternal and unchanging.

Page Number: 6
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Cosmological constant Term Timeline in A Brief History of Time

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Chapter 3
Human Curiosity and Ingenuity Theme Icon
The Danger of Stubbornness  Theme Icon
...theory of relativity. Instead he thought up a kind of anti-gravitational force he called the cosmological constant. (full context)
Chapter 8
Human Curiosity and Ingenuity Theme Icon
...had broken. This extra energy has anti-gravitational effects due to strong repulsion, acting like Einstein’s cosmological constant. These areas would increasingly expand, with the space between particles expanding and smoothing out the... (full context)
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...of the early universe.” The energy in those fields would have anti-gravity effects, like a cosmological constant , increasing the rate of expansion. The energy would slowly decrease to the rate we... (full context)
Chapter 9
Human Curiosity and Ingenuity Theme Icon
The Danger of Stubbornness  Theme Icon
...and pretend it never happened. But Einstein gave a better example when he called the cosmological constant the greatest regret of his life. (full context)
Chapter 11
The Search for a Unifying Theory of the Universe Theme Icon
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...uncertainty principle and general relativity one can either adjust the strength of gravity or the cosmological constant. But this still will not remove all the infinities from the predictions, which do not... (full context)