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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

This book made Relativity intuitive.

Six years of college physics courses never made relativity intuitively understandable for me. Academic texts concentrate on mathematical descriptions, manipulations and proofs to present theories. Einstein, in simple text, leads us through his very logical and underst...
Six years of college physics courses never made relativity intuitively understandable for me. Academic texts concentrate on mathematical descriptions, manipulations and proofs to present theories. Einstein, in simple text, leads us through his very logical and understandable thought process, which led him to the relativity theories. I could manipulate the mathematics of relativity and come up with answers but never really had an intuitive feel for what really is going on till I read this book. I only wish I had read this first before plowing through graduate physics courses. The only other book I have ever read that was more enlightening was the Bible.

posted by Anonymous on March 18, 2003

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Bad conversion to e-book.

Would have probably been a good read, but the equations are all missing. Everywhere you expect to see an equation, is a tag that says: eq. 'n': file eq'n'.gif

posted by 5958105 on January 2, 2011

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    fatally flawed version - equations missing.

    While this is obviously an excellent book that everyone should have to read at some point in their life, this version suffers---as others have warned---from a glitch that fails to print the majority of the equations. DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION, find a complete version somewhere else.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    do not be content with just this book

    I hate bashing titles-- especially someone with as great an intellect as A. Einstein, but I would rather those wanting to learn about relativity not take the short road nor try to learn it half way. This book is no way an introduction of any sort. It's that snack that ruins the dinner. Herman Weyl's Space-Time-Matter is a difficult book to follow, but there is enough philosophy there to hold your attention. Many times we focus on Einstein as a person when we should be more interested in the theory-- especially the general theory.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

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    Interesting to read Albert Einsteins own (translated) words.

    This book avoids the mathematics required for a complete grasp of the subject. Without the more advanced mathematics necessary for a complete understanding of this subject, I must be satisfied with trying to understand the basics of the theory. A few current books advance a few steps forward in explaining relativity subjects. Nevertheless it is very interesting to read Einsteins own explanation of relativity.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Surprisingly well-written.

    Though this treatise deals with a difficult subject, Einstein gains obvious benefit from his background as a teacher. A bit redundant, and at times overly reliant on quantification and graphical representation of research findings, I would still recommend. A good primer for early astrophysics research.

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