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The Evolution of Physics: The Growth of Ideas from Early Concepts to… (1938)

by Albert Einstein, Leopold Infeld

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This book is so polite! Written in 1938, apparently more by Infeld than by Einstein, it is exceedingly proper and therefore delightful, as well as thorough. It is a beautiful book, very clear and precise, and should be read by all armchair physicists with a serious hankering to understand relativity theory, as well as the importance of the quantum theory. ( )
  voncookie | Jun 30, 2016 |
This book is so polite! Written in 1938, apparently more by Infeld than by Einstein, it is exceedingly proper and therefore delightful, as well as thorough. It is a beautiful book, very clear and precise, and should be read by all armchair physicists with a serious hankering to understand relativity theory, as well as the importance of the quantum theory. ( )
  anna_hiller | Jun 22, 2016 |
Considering that this was written over 60 years ago, it's a very informative, even current read on the things that make the universe work. ( )
  starkravingmad | Oct 4, 2013 |
Des premiers concepts aux théories de la relativité et des quanta. eThe Evolution of physics, the growth of ideas from the early concepts to relativity and quanta.
  JJMAlmeida | Mar 13, 2012 |
The Evolution of Physics is a simple book written by Albert Einstein to introduce old and new theories of physics, from the classical physics created by Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei to the relativistic and probabilistic physics he and Neils Bohr invented. This book provides a very clear description of the discovery of gravitational laws and why they were useful. It proceeds to explain weaknesses in these laws and why alternative theories were necessary. We learn that light has mass, and that metal rods traveling close to the speed of light grow smaller in size. We also learn that time is relative, and that clocks moving near the speed of light slow down. These descriptions of our physical world defy the imagination, but Einstein provides thoughtful visual stories to explain why they must be true. He supports these with observational and experimental evidence.

While this book makes difficult concepts easy to understand, it still gets dense at times, particularly on topics that relate to quantum physics. Still, this is an essential volume for any person interested in learning first-hand from one of history's most celebrated physicists. I would recommend this book to any curious mind. ( )
  mrminjares | Oct 14, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Einstein, Albertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Infeld, Leopoldmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Castagnoli, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graziadei, AbeleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Preusser, WernerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solovine, MauriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Della nascita di questo libro straordinario così racconta Infeld: "Presi il coraggio a due mani e cominciai un discorso complicato, spiegando la mia idea con un sacco di ripetizioni. Conclusi dicendo: I più grandi scienziati hanno scritto opere divulgative, considerate anche oggi classiche." Einstein mi guardava tranquillamente accarezzandosi i baffi. Infine disse tra sé: "Non è un'idea stupida. Non è affatto stupida." E poi a me: "Lo faremo". Si appassionò al progetto in modo indescrivibile. Spesso ripeteva: "E' stata un'idea formidabile." Secondo Einstein, nella fisica esistono solo alcune idee fondamentali e tali idee si possono esprimere con parole. Il nostro scopo doveva quindi essere quello di presentare, nella loro prospettiva, le idee fondamentali. Il libro doveva essere un'opera scientifica, ma nello stesso tempo doveva presupporre solo un alto livello intellettuale. Einstein diceva: "Questo è un dramma di idee. Dev'essere un libro emozionante e interessantissimo per chiunque ami la scienza."
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