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Relativity: The Special and General Theory…

Relativity: The Special and General Theory (1916)

by Albert Einstein

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Redesigned inside and out to have a fresh, appealing look, this new edition of a classic Crown Trade Paperback is a collection of Einstein's own popular writings on his work and describes the meaning of his main theories in a way virtually everyone can understand.

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Well-written discussion of a complex subject. Unfortunately, Einstein's ideas on time and synchronicity do not comply with quantum mechanics. Given that quantum theory has an extensive set of experiments demonstrating these concepts it is a shame that Einstein was never able to bring his theory into alignment with reality. Still a great read though. ( )
  G-Morrison | Nov 18, 2019 |
In one of the magically aimless opportunities afforded by a liberal arts education, I took an honors sciences class sophomore year on the Theory of Relativity. Over the course of the semester, we studied the theory, its associated maths, and its implications. It was possibly my favorite class over the course of 19 years of formal education. We of course read and discussed this book, which is remarkably approachable. ( )
  shum57 | Jul 22, 2019 |
This short text explains the ideas behind Relativity without going too deep into Calculus and other such things. It says it talks about it from a Philosophical standpoint, but that isn't entirely true. It does cover some mathematics, such as the Lorenz Transforms and other such things. The main problem I have with this book is the typos. Many spelling errors exist in this book. Weird spacing is also extant in this book. It also doesn't call the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius pi, it calls it p which might be confusing to some. In some other sections it even uses the Greek Letter, so I don't understand the idea behind the typography in this book.

The thing that saves it is the fact that it is pretty well done with explaining the ideas. If you are familiar with Relativity and its ideas, this book won't enlighten you further or shed any new light on this subject. In that sense, it is pretty good for a layman, but if you want something more, you might want to look elsewhere. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
For me, the best part was the paradoxes. Einstein uses lot of paradoxes to explain his ideas, and they are strikingly amazing!
Translator did a good job in making it readable for people who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.
A must read I'd say. ( )
  iSatyajeet | Nov 21, 2018 |
"A Popular Exposition by Albert Einstein, Late Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey."
  iwb | May 17, 2017 |
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Larrucea, Miguel ParedesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In your schooldays most of you who read this book made acquaintances 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.
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Be careful when combining the title La teoria de la relatividad, translation Relativity Theory or The Theory of Relativity. The title may belong to another book and not this one.

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Certamente un'esposizione della teoria della relatività, recante il nome di Einstein, basterebbe da sola 'a far libro', a garantire, anzi, un libro eccezionale per densità di idee, rigore concettuale e chiarezza di linguaggio anche al lettore meno esperto. Le esigenze critiche di un pubblico non più alle prime armi (la nascita della relatività risale al 1905, e gli ultimi anni visto un netto progresso della letteratura divulgativa ed epistomologica) non debbono tuttavia essere ignorate. E' la comprensione della - chiamamola così - 'relatività della relatività' che vuol essere ora perseguita: cioè di quelle premesse della teoria che sono inscritte nella precedente storia della scienza e della filosofia, e che ne costituiscono dunque sia la solida base che la condizione e il limite di validità. Il compito di introdurre il lettore a tale nuova dimensione è stata affidato dal curatore alle pagine di questi grandi, Descartes a Newton a Reimann a Maxwell, che fondarono la scienza fisico-matematica classica e ne avviarono l'evoluzione in senso relativo.
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