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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Essential Reading, 23 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The Principle of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)
This is a collection of the original papers that led to the principle of relativity.
The book gives excellent insight as to how and why the theory was developed. It clearly shows how the theory better explains certain parts of our universe.
The only drawback is that the mathematical level may cause the book to be unapproachable to many. I reccommend at least one year of Calculus if you intend to understand the works fully. Without such a background the book is difficult at best, but still rewarding.
If you lack this background you might be better served by reading Einsteins Relativity, the first book in the list above of what purchasers of this book also bought.
Nonetheless I agree with the School Science and Mathematics review,"It is really a thrill to read again the original papers by these giants."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible reference book, 21 July 2011
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This review is from: The Principle of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)
This compact collection of English translations of the original papers is a cheap and highly accessible reference book.

The book is a chronology of the development of the theory of Relativity. Starting with Lorentz' papers on Michelson's interference experiment and electromagnetic phenomena in moving frames of reference, the book follows the rapid development of the subject from Einstein's ground breaking papers of 1905 on Electrodynamics and Inertia. Minkowski's original paper on Space-Time is a delight: it's always a pleasant surprise when one finds that the explanation of the originator has not been bettered in nearly 100 years!

Latter chapters of the book present Einstein's papers on General Relativity -which are mathematically complex. They are definitely not the place to start if one wants to learn the principles of General Relativity. Nonetheless, after one has learnt the principles from more accessible materials, such as "The Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation" by M V Berry, these papers can be very useful as original sources that the reader can use in order to grasp the methods by which Einstein presented his revolutionary discoveries.

This is an excellent, high value, low cost source that is worth keeping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental mathematics, 16 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Principle of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)
Dear Sirs
This book is fundamental, notorious and vital for the student and professional of physics, featuring elegant mathematics articles by Einstein, Weyl and Minkowski, it is of great importance for physics as it states their most important foundations, it was donated by me to Professor Doctor Teresa pena of Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon-utl.ist.pt and also the portuguese translation was donated by me to Professor Doctor Pena, a translation by the fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon-gulbenkian.pt- as -"O principio da relatividade" in portuguese translated.
Fantastic book, of the most importance for the advance of science.
P. Rose/ M. Lapa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science at its best, 31 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Principle of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)
Essential reading , both for the serious student and for those just seeking an appreciation of the subject. It has never been more clearly or lucidly explained.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book writted by the genius himself, 21 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The Principle of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)
This book clearly illustrates the theory of relativity and all of its aspects. I am a junior in high school and I found this book both captivating and easy to understand. I think anyone who is interested in this subject like I am should read this book. It is one of the best books I have ever read.
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