- Paperback: 1280 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141015713
- ISBN-13: 978-0141015712
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy Paperback – 30 Oct 2003
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..".Hawking gives these works a setting that is elegantly simple, and in its simplicity, effectively broadening."
About the Author
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge (Newton's old position). He is the author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Curiously, Hawking was born 300 years to the day after Galileo died.
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Fortunately this book brings together - in a slightly abridged form - the major works by these important scientists. And so, for instance, we can browse through Newton's "Principia" and Einstein's "The Principle of Relativity" ... This is a hefty book, at over 1,200 pages - printed in a rather tiny font size.
The book is edited, and presents commentary, by Stephen Hawking - and his name appears next to the title of this work. Yet Hawking has contributed very little to the book. The texts themselves, as the book states "are based on translations of the original, printed editions." And the main introduction by Hawking is merely four and a half pages in length. The only real contribution made by Hawking is to briefly introduce each text, commenting on the life and work of the selected authors. Given such limited involvement, I suggest that potential buyers avoid being swayed by the apparent input of Hawking.
This is a book that presents some of the greatest historical works of physics and astronomy. If you're interested in such works, I thoroughly recommend this book. If you're studying the history of science, this might well be a relevant publication. Aside from the tiny font size, this is a well-presented book. Although, just to say, it lacks an index.
It appears that the hardback edition is far more reasonably priced than the paperback. As such, I suggest the former.
It is fascinating to read the ideas of Copernicus, Keppler, Galileo, and the 'Principia' of Newton.
You will certainly find a few surprises, like the use of musical notes to describe the movement of the planets!
Stephen Hawking enthusiasts beware! This book is probably not for you. The target audience is people with a background and very keen interest in physics, and those who are fascinated by the history of science, and not afraid of a bit of math.
The great works of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton are all presented in their full form; From Kepler's five volume work you will only find volume 5; Einstein's section, contains seven of what are considered to be his main scientific publications on Relativity.
About the book
* The language and illustrations are very accessible.
* Some of the tables are difficult to read.
* The font is small, but not too small.
* The table of contents is a bit too brief, especially with regard to Einstein's section
All in all, great value for money, and a unique opportunity to read these original works. For this alone it deserves its 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Font size is between little and very little - hard to read.
The conten is: very interesting. Words from Stephen Hawking before every chapter, the rest is original writer.
certainly larger than i expected, but i fear the use of all the maths might scare me a little though!Published on 5 July 2013 by Mr. A. D. Steele-leith
This book is way too small! To give you an idea of what I mean, just compare its dimensions (19.4 x 13 x 5.2 cm) with those of its hardcover counterpart: 25.6 x 19.3 x 2.2 cm. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2011 by Oscar
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