Relativity : the Special and General Theory

Relativity : the Special and General Theory Summary

This is an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. Einstein’s theories shocked the world with their counterintuitive results, including the dissolution of absolute time. In this book he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. In the words of Einstein: “The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics”. The book is challenging at times but, when approached patiently, proves itself one of the most lucid explanations of Relativity to be found anywhere. [Due to transcription or optical character recognition errors in creating online texts, and because of less-than-clear fonts in some printed texts, the variables as read in some of the equations here are not as Einstein intended. For example, the numeral ‘one’ has frequently been printed and read as the letter ‘I.’ In addition, some equations do not translate well into the spoken word. If you require completely accurate renditions of Einstein’s mathematical formulas, we suggest that you consult a published text.

Book Reviews


Missing content2 star

All the graphics & illustrations were missing.25


Missing Formulas and Illustrations1 star

This book is plain text that’s missing formulas and illustrations throughout the text15

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Theory Of Relativity5 star

This book is the epitome of current science.55


Ok3 star

It's a good book, and it has its flaws but hey, it's free.35


Great book...bad e-book1 star

Pictures and formulas don't display. Invest in a hard is a wonderful book.15


Lacking the vital equations1 star

If you can follow the text and have a good college calculus background you can follow along. The fact that the images that are the equations are not present make this book especially hard to read15


Great writing, lousy e-book1 star

Einstein makes his theory easily understood and accessible to the average reader, but this edition is chock full of spelling and punctuation errors, and formulae and illustrations are missing.15


No equations2 star

When will they fix this?25


Einsteins theories of relativity and gravity3 star

Interesting to read, but formulas are missing from text.35


Wonderful, yet unpolished4 star

There are spelling and punctuation issues that need to be addressed45

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