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This review is from: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Mass Market Paperback)
I won't comment on the quality of the text itself, but please stay away from this edition of the book. The layout is just shameful. 1/It's ugly. 2/It's full of obvious spelling mistakes, the kind a 1990s spellchecker would find immediately 3/It's unclear. For instance the book is made of many chapters and Einstein keeps referring to previous ones by number. However, each chapter's number is nowhere to be found save in the general summary (no header, no footer, not even at the start of the chapter). This makes it painful to go back and forth. 4/The few equations in the book are barely readable. Once again, the equation editor in a 10y old Word produces better results.
Would have expected such a scientific book to be edited in LaTeX which would have solved most issues - as it is it looks like a cheap, quick and dirty edition which really spoils the read.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2013 11:47:32 GMT
The fact that it is a direct reprint of Einstein's first English edition doesn't surprise me for any of these errors. I doubt Einstein in the 20s had LaTeX, or a 90s spell checker, and the fact that Einstein proclaimed that he couldn't do mathematics himself, says that his English skills (which would be his second language) wouldn't be that great. In fact, the book is translated means that some things will be lost in translation. If the text was spell-checked and tidied, then it would not be HIS first edition, in which case there will be many other publications for that. It is what it is. And it was Einstein's. Anyone getting this book would get it because they want to read it in his own, misspelled words. Otherwise it could easily be found online for free.
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