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Best-selling author and physicist Stephen Hawking assembles the most groundbreaking works by Albert Einstein together into one volume. From the text that revealed the famous “Theory of Relativity”-renowned as the most important scientific discovery of the 20th Century-to his significant works on quantum theory, statistical mechanics, and the photoelectric effect, here are ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Running Press
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Sailor
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
..."People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." --Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein changed the way physicists view the universe -- and transformed the way we all see the world. Just over one hundred years ago, his Theory of Relativity stunned scientists, but today it's integral to our modern scientific thought.

In this single volume, bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking has assembled highl
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Andrew
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
first part is dense - equations way over my head. Later part, with edits by Hawking, were far better. A good read for the science lover, esp. if the science lover knows physics better than moi.
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You've got to be kidding? The average rating for this is 4.21, yet I'm willing to stake my dog's life on the bet that nobody in the Goodreads world has ever read even one chapter. These are reprints of Einstein's original papers on relativity--both special and general. The papers are filled with multivariable calculus, both differential and integral, and with tensor mathematics. Perhaps a real physicist has read this book, or sections of it, but I wonder how many of them contributed to the ratin ...more
Erickson
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As usual, lucid writing from Einstein with his very firm opinions on his ideas. Will re-read this again once I master tensors and general relativity.
Madeline
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Einstein is a bit of a drag to plow through & a lot of the mathy bits were well beyond my understanding capacity.
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Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Ste ...more
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