- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: BN Publishing (September 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9569569069
- ISBN-13: 978-9569569067
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Second Edition
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A legitimate publisher includes a page showing the book's publishing history, giving details of, at least, the original publication, the original English version and the current version. BN Publishing give no such information; they don't even name the translator. They didn't bother to proofread the file they got hold of before printing it, so there are numerous typographical errors. The formulas are very indistinct and difficult to read. The index is omitted. Einstein often refers to other sections of the book by number, but the publisher omits the section numbers, thus making Einstein's references useless.
Amazon's Look Inside feature for this book currently shows a completely different version that has an introduction by Roger Penrose and a commentary by Robert Geroch. BN also claim on there website that those commentaries are included -- that is a lie, for the book has no text at all other than Einstein's. You might think that the website would tell you something about the publisher -- no, nothing, not even an address. Amazon should stop selling their books.
The moral: only buy public domain books from legimate publishers.
I have not read the regular edition vs. this one, so I can not comment on the differences. While some concepts were difficult to understand initially, I recommend this book for people interested in science (whether this edition or another edition).
understand Relativity, with a little thought and discipline. Unfortunately,
he wrote it in 1916, in Germany (Switzerland?) where college calibre people
knew more math than most current college calibre types. So even though he thinks he's being clear and logical, unless you have the math knowledge you won't be able to follow his thinking. Besides, my understanding is that, even over 100 years after he published the theory, very few people actually understand it.
Kudos to him for trying to explicate his reasoning - but unfortunately simple and clear to Einstein is something different to the rest of us!
Also, although this is translated from Einstein's German version, there are books that better explain his theory of Relativity. He wasn't all that good at it. However, it is an inexpensive alternative for my research.
Still, it was exciting to read and have a view into the thoughts of the great man.