Relativity Hardcover – Oct 5 1988
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How better to learn the Special Theory of Relativity and the General Theory of Relativity than directly from their creator, Albert Einstein himself? In Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Einstein describes the theories that made him famous, illuminating his case with numerous examples and a smattering of math (nothing more complex than high-school algebra). Einstein's book is not casual reading, but for those who appreciate his work without diving into the arcana of theoretical physics, Relativity will prove a stimulating read. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'He was unfathomably profound - the genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed.' - Time
'Much of the book is a delight.' - Stephen Battersby, New Scientist
'[Einstein] is a far better populariser of science than Stephen Hawking ... you'll feel as though you have a ringside seat at a revolution in human understanding.' - Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This is all very good, interesting science and history which should be read and understood by everyone. The problem is, though, that Einstein was not a particularly good writer. Einstein is too brilliant for his own good and it shows through frequently in this attempt to stoop to our level. His explanations are usually hard to follow and unintuitive(and I study physics even!). This book exists on an uncomfortable middle ground between rigor and easy reading.
If you would like to read this book simply because of its (and its author's) historical significance then I couldn't discourage that. If you know little physics and want to try to understand relativity, read Kip Thorne's Black Holes and Time Warps or the first few chapters of Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe.
Furthermore, this book is important in the fact that by proving that relativity was a real fact in physics, the shape of the world in the twentieth century took a great change. I believe that without Einstein's work, the nihilism porfethized by Nietzsche, toghether with the despotic regimes that the will of power would create guided by deviations of the "übermensch" might not have com in such strenght as it did.
As the author promises, the book is well organized, moving through Relativity's essential aspects in a systematic progression and examining the difficulties he had to overcome in its development. In his preface Einstein says, "despite the shortness of the book, a fair amount of patience and force of will on the part of the reader" will be demanded. If you are curious, strap on your thinking-cap and enjoy this read in Einstein's finite but perhaps unbounded universe.
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Received the book sooner than expected and it's a great read. I didn't need any physics knowledge to understand it either. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tyler
all the equations are missing on my android reader so the book is hard to followPublished 4 months ago by Dany Joannette
Einstein's explanations of certain concepts are difficult to grasp without prior knowledge. However, you can still learn much from this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel
I will begin with saying that this book deserves its spot on the list of top 25 science books of all time. Read morePublished on June 30 2013 by Arnold Green
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
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einsteins presents his theory very well. Easy to understand with many "ah-has!" in it. Not a very big book. Worth the read.Published on March 12 2013 by Todd Fedorak