Einstein's Brainchild

Einstein's Brainchild

Relativity Made Relatively Easy!

Book - 2000
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Random House, Inc.
Physicist and popular science writer Barry Parker speaks to the broadest possible audience in bringing Einstein's theories to life. Given the fervent renewed appreciation for the contributions Albert Einstein has bestowed on humanity, Parker thinks it only right to dedicate a book to explaining in the clearest possible terms the meaning and beauty of Einstein's theories.

While tracing the story of Einstein's life, Parker seizes on the crucial groundbreaking theories that Einstein envisioned. Not since Isaac Newton had anyone conceived the universe in such a revolutionary, startling new way. Through Parker's eloquence, eye for detail, and clever use of Einsteinian cartoons and vivid illustrations, he enables the reader to see and appreciate for perhaps the first time the full meaning and scope of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity.

Parker then guides the reader to the next step in Einstein's revelations: the possibility of time travel. In exploring the fascinating implications of Einstein's thought, Parker treats us to the experience of discovering a black hole, traversing curved spacetime, and greeting our much younger twin who has just returned from a long and arduous spaceflight.

Parker's incomparable gift for language captures Einstein's uniqueness, singular brilliance, and stunning theories. The clarity of the writing coupled with the many illustrations will drive home the point why so many consider Einstein to be the greatest scientist who ever lived and Time magazine named Albert Einstein "Person of the Century."

Baker & Taylor
Addressed to the layperson, uses non-technical language and almost no mathematics to explain Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity.

Book News
Retired physics professor Parker makes a valiant attempt at explaining what all the hoopla is about. He certainly succeeds in keeping the discussion non-technical, using almost no mathematics, and explaining terms so that even high schools students and readers who barely passed algebra 20 years ago can understand. The flaw is inconsistency referring back to topics he has not in fact discussed, misplaced figures, misinterpretations (the existence of the cat was never in question), and the like. To my mind, the fault lies not with Parker but with the publisher, who clearly did not provide enough editorial support to help iron out the wrinkles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2000
ISBN: 9781573928571
Characteristics: 280 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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