- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Martino Fine Books; Tra edition (1 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891396307
- ISBN-13: 978-1891396304
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 1 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory Paperback – 1 Dec 2010
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"He was unfathomably profound - the genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed."-"Time --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Its a real shame and I would love to know how this book ever got out of the printers in this condition.
Just to show how badly this has been produced the publishers even got their own web address wrong on the back cover
It might not matter for Orwell's 1984 or for Swift's Gulliver's Travels, but for Einstein's Relativity, typos do matter, and I urge whoever makes these dirt cheap books to take Relativity off of their publications list because it is simply unreadable.
"We have recreated this book from the original using Optical Character Recognition software to keep the cost of the book as low as possible. Therefore, could you please forgive spelling mistakes, missing or extraneous characters that may have resulted from smudged or torn pages?"
No, the number of printing mistakes is unforgivable, it's like the person who was tasked with typing it up used a broken keyboard with half of the keys missing. DO NOT buy the dirt cheap copy of this book, it's littered with mistakes, and virtually all of the mathematics is botched. The publishers should either sack their editor or be shut down for unethical practice, because there's no way this book ever have reached (virtual) book shelves.
The book walks the reader through the development of the special and general theories of relativity and the supporting theories they were built upon. Starting with the special theory and its limited applicability and the later development of the more universal general theory, aimed at covering the deficiencies of the former.
The first chapters of the book on the general theory of relativity are easy to approach even for those with no background in physics, featuring only little math and easy to relate to examples. More math and complexity comes in the later stages of the book introducing the general theory of relativity and may be hard to grasp even with a basic background in physics.
Noticeably the book is a translation and the original language is not English, however its still readable. Its not light reading so be prepared to sit and think in order to really digest and understand the principles. Overall a good basic insight to one of the greatest achievements in physics, which could perhaps benefit from a few extra diagrams for those with a limited background.
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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A dense, detailed look at a theory usually described by crude analogies by the man who created it, Relativity gives a brilliant account of the maths of Special... Read more
Beautiful book as described very prompt delivery thank you very muchPublished 5 months ago by chris lovette