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Amanda Gefter, CultureLab editor


The Omega Theory, Mark Alpert’s Einstein-exploiting thriller, is an entertaining but formulaic parable of the perils of having a theory of everything


What if Einstein, who spent the last twenty years of his life fruitlessly searching for a unified “theory of everything” had in fact discovered such a theory, but decided to bury the ultimate equations forever, having seen the atomic horrors that his earlier discoveries wrought? This intriguing premise opens Mark Alpert’s new novel The Omega Theory, the sequel to his debut physics thriller, The Final Theory.


In reality, of course, Einstein was missing fundamental pieces of the cosmic puzzle, including two forces of nature (the strong and weak nuclear forces) that were discovered after his death – but nevertheless it is a fun counterfactual.


As The Omega Theory opens, Einstein’s great-great-grandson, an autistic teenager named Michael, has been kidnapped by religious zealots who believe they can use the lost equations etched into Michael’s remarkable memory to bring on the end of days and their entrance to God’s eternal kingdom.


Michael’s adoptive parents, the hapless science historian David Swift and his quantum physicist wife Monique, both of whom starred in Alpert’s earlier novel, must figure out the nature of reality – and quickly – to rescue Michael and save the universe. It’s a mission that takes them from quantum computing labs to the tunnels beneath Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, and from secret Kabbalist meeting grounds to army bases on the borders of Iran.


Read in Full: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2011/02/the-physicist-who-knew-too-much.html

The Omega Theory

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Omega-Theory-Mark-Alpert/dp/1416595341/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297895847&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Theory-Mark-Alpert/dp/1416595341/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297895847&sr=1-1



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