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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mentor; 15th Printing edition (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KNYM4U
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,405,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read this book at age 12, and was completely blown away by it.
Michael B. Heaney
This is absolutely the best book on any scientific topic intended for the general reader that I have ever read.
Andrew O.
The concepts that the book conveys are mind boggling, yet quite understandable at the same time.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew O. on July 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is absolutely the best book on any scientific topic intended for the general reader that I have ever read. It is one of very few books about science I have ever read that I could seriously call a "page turner". Einstein's theories are presented in such a manner that anyone reading the book can understand the concepts without trying. I have read other books that discussed Einstein's theories, but none of them presented the ideas with such lucidity and simplicity, while at the same time not losing the depth and profundity of the concepts.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Please note that since the title appears as unavailable on Amazon, readers won't be able to tell what book this is for. I only just noticed this when I was looking at some old reviews. But the book is Lincoln Barnett's The Universe and Dr. Einstein. The original review continues below:

I've read just about every book on Einstein's theories meant for the general reader (as well as not-so-general reader) and this is the clearest, most concise, and best-written book ever done on the subject.

I read this book almost 30 years ago and it's good to see from the other reviews here that people still know about this terrific book. It's a little masterpiece of science reportage done during a time (1950) when there were very few talented writers doing this sort of thing (unlike today), and in which there wasn't much demand for science writing in general. Lincoln Barnett was a gifted journalist and he produced a little classic in this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "amnart" on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
7 years ago. I went to a small section of the science-translate books. I got this book in Thai version (Thank you for whom translate this). Up to now. this is one of the books I re-read most frequently. I might not smart enogh though I will get new idea from reading it every time. This book contain a simplified idea and give you the concept of Einstein most acknowledge theory. It's not purely science but include some kind of philosophy which let me think along whether it's true or not. Though it is still very readable and understandable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brett Chapel on July 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I feel that this book is a must for any home library. If you are experienced in physics, this book is extremely interesting because it delves deaply into the philosophy that brought Dr. Einstein to his great accomplishments. For those that have little knowledge of relativity, the universe, and quantum matters it offers a great introduction with a minimum of complex math. A simple way to understand how Dr. Einstein changed the entire universe. I have studied Albert for years. This is the first time I have read anything that gave me such an insight to his personality and thought processes. HONESTLY, the best book I have ever read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Heaney on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first read this book at age 12, and was completely blown away by it. It inspired me to become a physicist. Ten years later, I completed my S.B. in physics at MIT. Eighteen years later, I completed my Ph.D. in physics at Berkeley. Today, almost 40 years later, I am a physicist in Silicon Valley. Physics still enthralls me. I occasionally reread this book, and it still inspires me. Thank you, Albert Einstein and Lincoln Barnett!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've read just about every book on Einstein's theories meant for the general reader (as well as not-so-general reader) and this is the clearest, most concise, and best-written book ever done on the subject.

I read this book almost 35 years ago and it's good to see from the other reviews of the older editions of the work that people still know about this terrific little book. It's a little masterpiece of science reportage done during a time (1950) when there were very few talented writers doing this sort of thing (unlike today), and in which there wasn't much demand for science writers in general. Lincoln Barnett was a gifted journalist and he produced a little classic in this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By morrism@icanect.net on July 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Lincoln Barnett has created a master piece of scientific literature for the uninitiated to the world of scientific thought. I feel that this book was written in a way that any person who reads it can grasp the basic concepts of relativity and electromagnatism. It should be required reading for all high school students with the anticipated result of turning out many more scientists and engineers in this country. I have owned the book for more years than I can remember and have read it and reread it multiple times and over time have given copies to youngsters that I thought had a potential scientific inclination. I still have a copy on hand and do not understand why in is not in print today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Barnett, a journalist, crossed over into the arena of science, a subject that he had not studied in college. And to the world's amazement, he captured on paper a clear and easy to read explanation of the genius and elegance of Dr. Einstein's theories concerning the very small (quanta) and the very large (space and time).
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