Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

An accesible version of Einstein's masterpiece of theory, written by the genius himself

According to Einstein himself, this book is intended "to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." When he wrote the book in 1916, Einstein's name was scarcely known outside the physics institutes. Having just completed his masterpiece, The General Theory of Relativity—which provided a brand-new theory of gravity and promised a new perspective on the cosmos as a whole—he set out at once to share his excitement with as wide a public as possible in this popular and accessible book.

Here published for the first time as a Penguin Classic, this edition of Relativity features a new introduction by bestselling science author Nigel Calder.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Title:Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143039822
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  • Jonathan

    This is the copy that I wanted. In his own words, he describes conceptually the theory of special and general relativity. He uses very clever and easy to understand theoretical and real situations to ...

  • Riku Sayuj

    Some years ago in France a book by Jean-François Gautier appeared, entitled Does the universe exist?. Good question.What if the universe were a concept like cosmic ether, or phlogiston, or the conspi...

  • Edward

    PrefaceNote to the Fifteenth Edition--RelativityAppendices:1. Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation2. Minowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World")3. The Experimental Confirmation of the Gener...

  • Dominika Ko?tov

    I hope that no one will ask me what was this book about ....

  • Rob

    edit: i wrote the 4-star review below before reading the fifth appendix. i mean, who could imagine that an appendix could change anything? well, this one did. all the chapters in the body of the book ...

  • Robert

    The aim of this book is to introduce people without a strong physics (or even scientific) background to the special and general theories of relativity - theories that Einstein was the primary develope...

  • Sanjay Gautam

    This book by Dr. Einstein is very well written, though you will find the anatomy of sentences a little unusual. Well this should not be a problem considering the theory's difficulty level. Though the ...

  • Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...30-minutes wait to call the firemen...and

    (The Times from Nov. 10, 1919, left; Nov. 16, 1919, center; and Dec. 3, 1919) "He was living alone. A friend, Janos Plesch, once said, “He sleeps until he is awakened; he stays awake until he is t...

  • Erik Graff

    As a kid my serious interests were scientific. I collected feathers, insects, rocks and fossils; maintained an aerospace scrapbook; kept a journal about space exploration; and read a lot of science bo...

  • Adam

    The theory of relativity is amazing and important, but contrary to what the tagline says, Einstein himself is probably not the best person to have explain it to you. I read this class for Freshman Stu...