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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J8PIRB2
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The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity
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For me it’s a three bears porridge book. We start off with a section that’s just right, then get a bit that’s far too long and end with a bit that’s far too short. (Okay, I know, the porridge was about temperature, not length, but this wasn’t supposed to be taken literally.) That ‘just right’ opening section gives us Einstein’s work and specifically the development of his masterpiece, the ‘perfect theory’, the general theory of relativity.
This takes a totally opposite approach to, say, Cox and Forshaw’s The Quantum Universe. Where that book does not shy away from presenting difficult detail, Ferreira’s swift, breezy and very readable style wafts us through without any detail at all. Biographically this results in a sanitisation of Einstein’s life (for instance, his first child is never mentioned, and Ferreira makes it sound as if he divorced his first wife before becoming romantically entangled with his cousin). Taking the advice given to Stephen Hawking literally, Ferreira doesn’t show a single equation, not even the central equation of general relativity. I think this is a pity – it is perfectly possible to explain what’s going on there without doing the maths. But his approach does make for an easy read.
The centre section is where Ferreira gets boggled down.Read more ›
But if you want to understand importance of people like Stephen Hawking then this book is a very good introduction
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Simply a great read full of all the human frailties and foibles you expect of 100 years of esoteric research with a great description of the personalities and the science. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Yachtsman
Very readable account of the development of general relativity. It's brisk and breezy and avoids getting bogged down in detail. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Zaphod Peeplepod
Interesting and scientific in the correct proportions! Suitable for those with some prior physics understandingPublished on 25 Oct. 2014 by Simon
A very good take on a well-worn topic. Very enjoyable read.Published on 21 Sept. 2014 by Amazon Customer