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ISBN-13: 978-1417907182 ISBN-10: 1417907185

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (May 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417907185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417907182
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2000
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This is an extremely good book that contains a series of lectures delivered to lay audience by this great physicist. It reveals the deep meaning behind the mathematical symbols and equations in modern physics. It's incomparable in this regard. The book is very easy to understand. The writing flows smoothly and beautifully. Great metaphors comes out effortlessly, one after another. It is very enjoyable reading.
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I first read this book forty years ago. I found it by accident in the rare book section of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School Library. You could only checkout the book for seventy-two hours. I read the introduction and for the next three days spent all of my free time devouring chapter after chapter. A. S. Eddington was a Professor of Astronomy at the U. of Cambridge. He was invited to give the distinguished Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh Jan. - March 1927. This book is the compilation of those lectures. Eddington progresses from the downfall of Newtonian Physics through Einstein's theories of Relativity and Gravity, through Quantum Mechanics and ends with a chapter on Science and Mysticism. Recently I had an urge to re-read the book and was delighted to see a hardback issue had been published and was readily available through Amazon. The Introduction starts with Eddington describing his two writing tables. One he is very familiar with since his earliest days. It is comparatively permanent, colored and above all substantial. The second table he calls his scientific table is mostly emptiness with swirling electrical particles rushing around with great speed. This is where you can get hooked, line and sinker, if you have an inquisitive nature and always wanted to know what all the fuss about Einstein and time is about.

I discovered from reading a comment on one of the two Amazon reviews that you can download the book free on the Internet from the Henry Foundation[...] This version has a new preface by the foundation's philanthropist Richard Conn Henry. He too was influenced as I was on Eddington's ability to navigate through the space-time gelatin nature of the physical world to the realization that all we observe in the universe is not by chance.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Yuval on November 18, 1997
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This book started me on physics, way way back. I wish it were in print gain.
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