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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; UK ed. edition (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306819112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306819117
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 345 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To get at the origins of E=mc2, the poster-child for Einsteins's special theory of relativity, [Cox and Forshaw] must delve into deep principles of science and wield a good deal of mathematics. They do it well...They have blazed a clear trail into forbidding territory, from the mathematical structure of space-time all the way to atom bombs, astrophysics and the origin of mass. --The New Scientist

"The authors do a great job of answering the question in the book's title, and of tying it to the cutting edge of 21st century physics. But they do much more besides. First, they give a real sense of revelation as the<BR>equation emerges from the seemingly unrelated concepts of space and time. Second, they're not afraid to take on questions often asked about the equation."<BR> --BBC Focus Magazine

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, two physicists, have managed to produce an account of relativity physics accessible to a wide range of various publics. If you're not a physicist (or not yet a physicist) and you want to understand what Einstein and relativity theory are all about, you would do well to read this book. The writing is clear, sparkling in places, and totally without vanity. Relativity theory, Einstein's supreme gift to us, is at the heart of the way science currently looks at physical reality, and anyone with an adventurous mind should be intrigued by what two smart physicists say about it in plain language... Read this book. It's your world, isn't it? <BR> --The Huffington Post

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"The authors do a great job of answering the question in the book's title, and of tying it to the cutting edge of 21st century physics. But they do much more besides. First, they give a real sense of revelation as the
equation emerges from the seemingly unrelated concepts of space and time. Second, they're not afraid to take on questions often asked about the equation."

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