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127 pages
Published (first published 1954)
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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
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.
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.
Explains relativity concepts in simple English with tons of good examples. Learnt more than from Uni course in special relativity.
great overview of the theory of relativity and what discoveries lead to it
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The book I own is a signet library edition (1958 US printing).
Still didn't understand it! Got lost on page 3.
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