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Pointless & pretentious,
This review is from: Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time (Paperback)
Half way through chapter 1, I checked to see whether I was reading a translation from a foreign language text. Apparently not. So why does his prose flow so unpropitiously? I was rereading sections to find the main verb or make sense of the punctuation. I wasn't helped by the pretentious inclusion of "difficult" words like "quotidian" and "propinquity". The concepts of special relativity are famously difficult to understand and require a clear, well delivered, accurate, unambiguous exposition. As another reviewer has pointed out, Einstein's own account for the lay reader achieves this requirement. The present book does not.