Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time Paperback – Mar 16 2005
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Don't be fooled, however, by reviewers who claim that Feynman explains things in such a way that even without those basic tools, the book isn't incomprehensible. I've HAD basic calculus, albeit a LONG time ago, and I'm a tad rusty. And I have even less grounding in physics. But I'm far from mathematically illiterate, or incapable. And it isn't true that I got nothing out of my reading of this book; the sixth chapter did, in fact, answer the question that I'd hoped to have answered when I bought it. But by and large, the book was close to impenetrable. Now, clearly, this may well be due to my lack of preparation in the prerequisites for understanding it. But it definitely is NOT the first step in the process of understanding physics, as one reviewer actually called it and others implied. Read "Six Easy Pieces" first, and brush up on first-year Calculus. THEN consider tackling this book.
I am not a physicist. However, I have a love of the maths and sciences as they broaden our understanding of the natural world and reveal it to be a thing of great but hidden beauty. When Richard Feynman wrote this book, it is obvious to the reader that he loved to teach. The math is reasonably easy to follow. One of course should know how to manipulate algebraic equations and grasp geometric concepts.
But what makes this an outstanding book is that this man knew how to take abstract concepts and make them understandable to the reader. Furthermore, he did this in a way that lightens the reader's intellectual journey with clever analogies, a touch of humour and a seemingly casual manner that captivates his audience. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to gain a real basis of understanding of this otherwise arcane subject. Read it. Learn. It's well worth the effort!
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For a relative non-mathematician, this book offers tantalizing insights to the nature of space-time. Enough to make one wish for a deeper knowledge of math.Published 14 months ago by D. Wigle
It would be difficult to find a better begin to study relativity. It is, moreover, a joy to read it.Published on Oct. 2 2013 by JAN G C VAN DE LINDE
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How refreshing it was to read Feynman's explanation of relativity after wading through Einstein's dry coverage of the same material. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by Michael Bayne
"Six Not-So-Easy Pieces" are six selections from the Feynman "Lectures on Physics". Read morePublished on June 27 2001 by Abigail Nussey