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This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It brings to life the excitement of this fascinating subject, for an audience including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern physics. It is different from existing books in that is uses many diagrams and simple equations (the reader is caref This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It brings to life the excitement of this fascinating subject, for an audience including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern physics. It is different from existing books in that is uses many diagrams and simple equations (the reader is carefully guided through them), and richly rewards the reader with beautiful mathematical and physical insights. It begins by introducing spacetime, in the familiar context of low velocities. It then shows how Einstein's theory forces us to understand time in a new way. Paradoxes and puzzles are introduced and resolved, and the book culminates in a thorough unfolding of the relation between mass and energy. The book draws on the author's many years of experience in writing articles and reviews for a non-expert readership, and presenting physics to school pupils.


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This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It brings to life the excitement of this fascinating subject, for an audience including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern physics. It is different from existing books in that is uses many diagrams and simple equations (the reader is caref This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It brings to life the excitement of this fascinating subject, for an audience including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern physics. It is different from existing books in that is uses many diagrams and simple equations (the reader is carefully guided through them), and richly rewards the reader with beautiful mathematical and physical insights. It begins by introducing spacetime, in the familiar context of low velocities. It then shows how Einstein's theory forces us to understand time in a new way. Paradoxes and puzzles are introduced and resolved, and the book culminates in a thorough unfolding of the relation between mass and energy. The book draws on the author's many years of experience in writing articles and reviews for a non-expert readership, and presenting physics to school pupils.

37 review for The Wonderful World of Relativity: A Precise Guide for the General Reader

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    The concept of special relativity is explored and used to explain the certain physical phenomena occur such the detection of muons at the Earth's surface. The mathematics is taught well and diagrams are used to help the reader visualise the physical situations. Many paradoxes are also explored, including the most famous and important; the twin paradox. This paradox allows the reader to touch on the concept of the general theory of relativity. The equivalence of mass and energy is derived and expl The concept of special relativity is explored and used to explain the certain physical phenomena occur such the detection of muons at the Earth's surface. The mathematics is taught well and diagrams are used to help the reader visualise the physical situations. Many paradoxes are also explored, including the most famous and important; the twin paradox. This paradox allows the reader to touch on the concept of the general theory of relativity. The equivalence of mass and energy is derived and explained, with an interesting conclusion drawn on the possibilities for space travel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gerard

    An informative introduction to special relativity and its impact on the world of Physics. Andrew Steane provides a succicnt explanation of each phenomenon of Special Relativity, welcoming the reader to practice and learn through additional puzzles and challenges scattered throughout the book. Although sometimes hard to follow, overall an amazing read for any aspiring physicists.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Will H

    Excellent explanations and conceptually appealing. However the questions, lacking answers, to test your understanding, can be unduly strenuous considering the level of expertise at which the book is aiming for.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian Clegg

    This book has what is possibly the worst cover of any popular science title I've ever seen (even worse than my own Light Years, which is saying something). It's muddy and dark - even the yellow lettering is muted. The illustration is a line drawing apparently by a ten-year-old that is just about visible on the black background. This doesn't bode well, but of course the author isn't responsible for the cover. Unfortunately, the text is often equally impenetrable. The subtitle is 'a precise guide f This book has what is possibly the worst cover of any popular science title I've ever seen (even worse than my own Light Years, which is saying something). It's muddy and dark - even the yellow lettering is muted. The illustration is a line drawing apparently by a ten-year-old that is just about visible on the black background. This doesn't bode well, but of course the author isn't responsible for the cover. Unfortunately, the text is often equally impenetrable. The subtitle is 'a precise guide for the general reader' and the problem here is that there are two words in that sentence that really don't fit well together. If you are going to be precise with a subject like special relativity, you will need to go into more maths than the general reader is comfortable with. Stephen Hawking was famously told that he would half his readership for every equation included - I reckon there are sufficient equations here to take the readership down to one. It's a shame, because there is the kernel of a good book here. I particularly liked the way Andrew Steane used some of the paradoxes of relativity to explore the subject. These are so good (except where he gets over-precise on us and loses most of us) that I could envisage a whole book just based on the paradoxes. Some, of course, are well worn, but I particularly liked the bug and rivet paradox (see my blog post about it here). What this looks like is a closeted academic's idea of what the general reader can cope with. You have to admire the author's braveness - but ultimately it is a futile exercise because no one who isn't about to embark on a physics degree would get anywhere with this book. The title makes this book sounds like a Disney ride, but it's anything but that. In the end it's not a popular science book at all, it's a watered down text book. And that isn't the same thing at all, I'm afraid. First published on www.popularscience.co.uk - reproduced with permission.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Possibly the best physics book I've read. It definitely didn't shy away from the maths, and I really appreciated the equations and examples of their use, rather than the history book sort of style of a lot of other popular science books. While complex, the author explained things very clearly, without any unnecessary metaphors, and his passion for the subject really came through. Perhaps not for everyone, but I loved it. Possibly the best physics book I've read. It definitely didn't shy away from the maths, and I really appreciated the equations and examples of their use, rather than the history book sort of style of a lot of other popular science books. While complex, the author explained things very clearly, without any unnecessary metaphors, and his passion for the subject really came through. Perhaps not for everyone, but I loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erickson

    Very insightful. Another perspective yet again.

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