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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Abridged,Abridged; 2.5 hours on 2 CDs edition (Sept. 5 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565115112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565115118
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 109 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #869,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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In your schooldays most of you who read this book made acquaintance with the noble building of Euclid's geometry, and you remember-perhaps with more respect than love-the magnificent structure, on the lofty staircase of which you were chased about for uncounted hours by conscientious teachers. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13 1999
Format: Paperback
I hate to be the only one to not give the book "5 stars", but this is simply not the best book to buy if you want to learn the theory of relativity. The book is certainly worthwhile if you want something simply because it was written by Einstein, but God bless him, the old guy just couldn't put the idea accross as well as many modern authors. Maybe something is just lost in the translation, I don't know...
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I will begin with saying that this book deserves its spot on the list of top 25 science books of all time. The ground that Albert Einstein gained in relativity is well demonstrated in this book. Einstein does a reasonably good job of communicating the postulates and impacts of special and general relativity. However, this is not a textbook and it is extremely difficult to follow as a 21st century reader.

The language is of the early 20th century and to those practiced in reading such language this novel shall not prove challenging. However, the only reason that I myself was able to follow along was because I had already studied relativity first. The novel furthered my knowledge of the field of relativity and of Albert Einstein.

I would recommend this novel to those who are already familiar with this field, I would not recommend this as an introductory to relativity.
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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein

2010 Reprint of 1920 First English Edition. First English translation of Einstein's theory of relativity. In this work Einstein intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general and scientific philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics. The theory of relativity enriched physics and astronomy during the 20th century. When first published, relativity superseded a 200-year-old theory of mechanics elucidated by Isaac Newton. It changed perceptions. For example, it overturned the concept of motion from Newton's day, into all motion is relative. Time was no longer uniform and absolute, as related to everyday experience. Furthermore, no longer could physics be understood as space by itself, and time by itself. Instead, an added dimension had to be taken into account with curved space-time. Time now depended on velocity, and contraction became a fundamental consequence at appropriate speeds.
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By Todd Fedorak on March 12 2013
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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.
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By G. McConnell on April 10 2012
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This book quickly gets to the issue of why there even needs to be a theory of special relativity. It clearly explains what postulates are unwavering and why and then proceeds to show how the other generally accepted physics concepts, which appear at first to be at odds with each other, can in fact co-exist. Remarkable. Readable by anyone with even a bit of physics knowledge.
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By A Customer on June 20 1999
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The reviewer of April 13 from Moscow, Idaho says this is not the book to read unless you already understand the theory. Maybe fair enough. It was written when Einstein had achieved youthful fame, though, not in his dotage, if he had such a thing. It may be a little more difficult for the translation, but not much. Contrary to some reviewers, it is not that easy to follow, and if it seems like an easy read, you probably haven't understood it. There are many books written since where it is probably easier to learn about special relativity, to say nothing of the basic ideas of general relativity. But once you have started to get the hang of things, this book is a masterpiece of exposition! It allows one to follow Einstein's actual thought process in arriving at these theories -- pretty much by a process of pure thought -- more or less in the steps he probably took himself. There is not a word in the exposition that was not carefully thought out. So, learn the theory somewhere else and then read this book -- you'll understand the theory better for reading Einstein's book -- or read this book first, keep going back to it 'til it starts to make sense, and maybe consult some other, more "user-friendly" textbook at the same time. Einstein claims his book allows a lay reader with only high school math to understand relativity. To which a friend of mine replied "Yeah, if you have an IQ of 800". To which I say, have patience, keep thinking about it and going back to it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Lowry on July 8 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 1 star is for this particular printing of the book, and has nothing to do with Einstein's book, which is fantastic.

The copy I received has the following "features":

- Unnumbered sections (both in the Table of Contents, and in the heading for each section).
- Formulae which (for no good reason) appear in superscript (e.g. notes on page 51).
- The use of the number 1 instead of ' (as in prime, e.g. K1 instead of K', page 24). At least they put the 1 in superscript (though that makes it seem like a footnote).
- Double words (e.g. "the the" on page 34).
- Over-inked, smeared text (e.g. page 32).
- Non-italicized variables.
- Footnotes demarcated by an asterisk (*) instead of superscript numbers (countless examples).
- Non-matching double quotes (they all face one way, usually).
- Tacky cover.
- Inexplicable, unnecessary spaces.

This list isn't exhaustive; there is probably plenty more wrong with it. Shameful. I've since downloaded a free PDF of the book from [...]
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