Australian scientist Davies's accessible account of Einstein's theory of relativity and of current scientific theories regarding the nature of time.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ever since the huge commercial success of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (LJ 4/15/88), publishers have brought forth dozens of books examining the physical and theoretical foundations of time. With most of these titles continuing to sell well, the market seems inexhaustible. Thus, Davies's intelligent and provocative elucidation of Einstein's relativity theory and its temporal consequences will probably reach a significant audience. The book's greatest strength is that it is written at a beginning-to-intermediate level; readers who start with this book can grow with it, but those who have read other introductions to the subject will also find it rewarding. Still, it offers little that is new. Despite the book's inherent appeal and the popularity of the author's other works (e.g., The Mind of God, LJ 3/15/92), librarians might want to check how well the subject is already covered in their collections before making a purchase. Perhaps the best single treatment in terms of scope, authority, and breadth of appeal is Kip Thorne's Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (LJ 4/15/94).
Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Science, particularly physics, has revealed to us some profound insights about time, and yet it remains a mysterious topic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Wikman
Davies explains time in a readily understandable and beautiful manner.Published 5 months ago by Robert J. Schuckit
Beautifully written non-mathematical explanation of the General and Special Theories of Relativity. The book is divided into 2 sections. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bennett E. Werner
I got this book to learn about what physicts really thought about the philosophy and math on time. While the center of the book gave a pretty good history of gen relativity and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by ron
Over 5 or more years (of time) I have been reading books and articles on the "nature" of TIME, and have now become a serious student/investigator. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Ernest E. Roberts, Ph.D.
Davies clearly has a good grasp of the subject and if you haven't read many other books it is probably worth reading. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by justMe
Paul Davies is one of my favorite science authors. He has many other books in the physics subject area, all of which I recommend. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by Wikileaker