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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.
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.
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.