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In a word, the answer is yes! According to Will, every test that physicists have been able to devise to date has yielded results consistent with the theory of general relativity. What is surprising is how well he is able to explain the implications of this highly complex theory without using any mathematics beyond geometry. He also shows why use of the most sophisticated technology available is required to measure the effects predicted by Einstein and his followers. All in all a pleasing book for the educated layperson who wishes to gain some insight into this most esoteric subject. Harold D. Shane, Mathematics Dept., Baruch Coll., CUNY
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A revised and updated edition of the acclaimed account for general readers of how Einstein's theory of relativity holds up after more than seventy years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 2 edition (June 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465090869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465090860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
Everyone knows that Einstein revolutionized the theory of gravity. But only experiment can tell whether he got it right. Will recounts in clear and nontechnical language the story of how Einstein's theory was put to the test in earth- and satellite-based experiments from the 1950's to the 1980's. He describes how it is actually possible to see space curve by making very accurate measurements in the solar system, and he explains how those measurements were made by the Mariner probe to Mars, by radar surveying of the planets, and by bouncing laser beams off the moon. From these highlights to the three naked Stanford professors whose experiment is still waiting to go up in the Shuttle, Will sets out every aspect of this fascinating story
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ivy Merriot merriot@imt.net on February 28, 1998
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"Was Einstein Right" is the first book (out of 37 on relativity which I own) that I offer someone interested in learning about Einstein's theories. It is interesting, clear and to the point. I have re-bought this book three times, as my copies are lent out and don't always make it back! haha I don't blame them!
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By OldBill on June 24, 2013
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Decent "layman's" level of explanation regarding GR and its implications and impact on the world of physics. Einstein certainly was right, and Professor Will makes sure we all can understand why.
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I love this book so much - I did not realize how many physicists challenged Einstein. I could not understand some of the physics but the story can still be followed.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Crowell on August 16, 2009
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If this was 1995, I'd give this book five stars. It's an excellent, readable book on an important scientific topic. The trouble is that this second edition, which dates back to 1993, is now out of date. It came before some important tests of General Relativity (Gravity Probe B, Cassini-Huygens), and it also came before the discovery of the nonzero cosmological constant.
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