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The Unity of the Universe

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ISBN-13: 978-0486472058
ISBN-10: 0486472051
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486472051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486472058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Lemberg on February 10, 2014
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A wonderful book. Much of the material is duplicated in the author's "Physical Foundations of General Relativity". Some parts of this book are a bit dated (see below*), but it has some beautiful old style illustrations which more than make up for that.

Topics such as Olbers' Paradox, Mach's Principle and the Principle of Equivalence are treated in a very transparent and compelling way. This book makes spacetime physics come alive for the reader who may not have rigorous training in mathematics and physics. It is a serious scientific exposition which manages to avoid technical difficulties and is reasonably accessible to the lay person.

*The book was published in 1959, a time when the Hoyle - Gold - Bondi Steady State Theory prevailed. Because of this, topics such as Olbers' Paradox are addressed in a way now considered obsolete. Nevertheless, this book and its author are referred to respectfully in "The Light-Dark Universe", the current standard reference for Olbers' Paradox.

The author was the thesis advisor for S. W. Hawking's doctoral work at Cambridge.
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