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on 13 February 2013
Rather poorly written, I guess lost in translation and the material being, let's be honest, not exactly Mills & Boon, but a cracker for the insight into The Mans special and general theories of relativity. By no means a page turner, some of these chapters run to 5 pages, and you best having a sit down and making *sure* you understand what has been written. Aimed at the layman, when I'm sure they were a lot less lay than they are now, it provides first principles into how Einstein began to think of space and time, and why space is curved.
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on 5 August 2014
The original translation has been scanned and character recognition software has been used to print this edition. However the inevitable mistakes that this leads to are still present as the book has clearly not been proof-read. As a result the book is pretty unreadable with large and frequent typographical errors. Supposedly, the original scan can be found on the website of the publishers but this is not the case. From what I can see of the text it is very interesting and well presented as well as being concise. So I recommend the book but certainly not this edition.
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on 14 January 2015
It is not acceptable to sell a book in this condition. The original book has been scanned with an OCR program and printed directly. It is full of typos (something like 30 per page) and the worst part is: the formulae are cut, they are not visible. This makes the book illegible and useless.
Overall this publication is a rip-off.
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on 27 March 1999
The ideas may be hard to comprehend at times, but this work illuminates the real genius of Albert Einstein. If for nothing else this read allows you to get into the mind of a genius and see how he thinks. Definately worth while.
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on 22 July 2014
I am fortunate in having a Folio copy of the original book, so can check up,if I have a doubt. I purchased the Kindle version for ease when travelling. I have seen the annoying but not terribly important typos. However what did irritate me is that one of the equations is incorrect! Look at page 84, fortunately the equation is repeated (this time correctly) on page 87.
Happy hunting!! At least you have to read it properly and be wide awake to find the mistakes so maybe get a better understanding - perverse or what??
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on 9 May 2013
Since the quoted jacket copy contains two errors in one sentence, I'm not impressed. This suggests a low editorial standard and I will not buy this edition.
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on 9 February 2013
Relativity will never be easy. It's complicated stuff. But if you want to understand it, you should at some point go to the source. You'll probably need other books as well, but this is Einstein, and its is generally known as 'Einsteins Theory of Relativity' after all!
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on 29 October 1998
What can you say about einstein's relativity? well a lot. Einstein spearheaded the revolution of physics with his annus miribalis (1905) papers. You can't study physics without reading this book and taking in its profound effect on the universe as we know it.
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on 2 January 2015
This a quite excellent explanation of the special and general principles of relativity. Einstein breaks this book down into small digestible chunks that take anywhere between ten minutes to half an hour to read. While many people will have looked through Wikipedia and/ or physics texts in an attempt to understand relativity, Einstein explains his counter-intuitive theories in a non-academic, down to Earth and thoroughly understandable manner.

My only criticism is that in converting this text into Kindle format, is that the mathematical equations (of which there are admittedly not many) tend to be in small font (which is sometimes difficult to read) and do not lend themselves to re-sizing along with the rest of the text: as such I've only given this four stars.

That said if you don't have much time, this is an excellent read that can easily be accommodated bit by bit on one's daily commute.
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on 21 January 1999
An interesting and in-depth view of relativity. A slight mathematics background is very helpful with understanding some of the equations. The concept is clear and well articulated. It leaves you wanting a deeper knowledge of physics and Einstein.
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