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Relativity for the Layman

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Paperback, 127 pages
Published January 6th 1959 by Penguin UK (first published 1954)
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Jun 06, 2011 Benjamin rated it liked it
An interesting read as much for the historical context as it is an explanation of Einstein's theories of relativity. I thought Einstein's own explanation was easy enough to understand in Relativity, though as Coleman explains, it isn't that relativity is a difficult concept to understand; it's the consequences of it that are difficult to believe. What makes the book an interesting read in its historical context is that it was written only shortly after the end of WWII (and the dropping of the at ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Matthijs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educational
Clear introduction to the theory of relativity. As the author writes in his introduction, it's not necessary the theory itself that is mind-boggling, but the consequences and results. To me these consequences could have been explained more carefully, since the author skips quite a few steps to come to his conclusion. This makes the book easier to read, but also less clear.
Akinbo Ojo
If you really want to know the truth, this simple to read book is a MUST read. It takes you back to the basics, the fork in the road. Along with further reading of other books it shows where our theoretical physics derailed and has now ended up with strings, bubbles, parallel universes and other esoteric magical constructs.
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May 23, 2015 John Kaufmann rated it liked it
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Nice, simple beginning introduction to relativity. This book and The Universe and Dr. Einstein were my introductions to the subject, and got me hooked.
Jason Meinig
Apr 29, 2015 Jason Meinig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to read & follow intro to Einstein's theories. The material is obviously a bit dated now, but serves its stated purpose of laying down a complicated subject with as little dense mathematics as possible. Fun, quick read.
Dec 12, 2010 Aina rated it really liked it
Explains relativity concepts in simple English with tons of good examples. Learnt more than from Uni course in special relativity.
Jan 31, 2008 Dick rated it really liked it
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Read and enjoyed this -- probably back when I was in junior high. I'm sure there are better and more current books on relativity, but this one fueled my interest in science.
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great overview of the theory of relativity and what discoveries lead to it
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