The Principle of Relativity (On the Shoulders of Giants Series)by Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking
Einstein’s essay, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, introduces his famous “principle of relativity,” one of the twentieth century’s most revolutionary concepts. In his introduction to this seminal work, the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking cuts through Einstein’s mathematical complexities to explain this revolutionary/i>
Einstein’s essay, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, introduces his famous “principle of relativity,” one of the twentieth century’s most revolutionary concepts. In his introduction to this seminal work, the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking cuts through Einstein’s mathematical complexities to explain this revolutionary concept in language that excites and informs the reader. This book features selections from a translation of the original essay, The Principle of Relativity, as well as an insightful biography of Einstein and Hawking’s informative summary.
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Stephen Hawking’s ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. Hawking has authored or participated in the creation of numerous other popular science books, including On the Shoulders of Giants and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants.
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This book truely explains the entire theory of relativity. In internet searches you will just find introductions to the theory, but this book takes you into the mathematics of it and how Einstein created this theory and what was his reason behind it. This book will change your entire point of view of the universe. Before reading this book, read Relativity: Special and General Theory; and then learn some calculus and then read this book. Trust me.. Its well worth it
I must say that this is a must-have book for every student of physics and mathematics. But the handicap is that you must at least understand some basic calculus (including vector analysis) to really enjoy this great work. This book is also suitable to those who want to 'read' Einstein's thought while he was formulating the theory of relativity. Compared to any other works, this book remains the single best classic in the category of theoretical physics.