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The Einstein Theory of Relativity: A Trip to the Fourth Dimension

By Lillian R. Lieber

“Oh, what a pleasant publication! this is often the clearest clarification of relativity available—and the main enjoyable. It’s nice to have it to be had back. even if you’re a scientist, you'll savour this book.”—Walter Isaacson, writer of Einstein: His lifestyles and Universe

Using “just adequate arithmetic to aid and never to prevent the lay reader,” Lillian R. Lieber offers an intensive clarification of Albert Einstein’s thought of relativity. Her pleasant kind, together along with her husband’s fascinating illustrations, makes for an engaging and obtainable examine probably the most celebrated principles of all times.

“A transparent and brilliant exposition of the fundamental rules and strategies of the speculation of relativity…can be warmly advised specifically to people who can't spend an excessive amount of time at the subject.”—Albert Einstein

“If you recognize high-school math, should not frightened of equations, and need to determine what Einstein quite acknowledged, learn Lillian Lieber’s booklet. she's going to lead you thru detailed and common relativity, assisting you at each step to appreciate the fundamental equations, together with tensors, with notable readability and conciseness. This uniquely fascinating booklet continues to be as vibrant as ever or even extra necessary, due to the superb new foreward and notes by means of David Derbes and Robert Jantzen.”—Peter Pesic, writer of Abel’s facts: An Essay at the assets and that means of Mathematical Unsolvability and Sky in a Bottle

“Does the character of time fascinate you? Does gravity look a mysterious topic? Are you curious about studying simply what it really is that Einstein truly did that made him so well-known? Then this excellent publication is simply the article. I learn the unique 1945 variation while i used to be a high-school pupil within the Fifties, and it had a massive influence on me. I are expecting an analogous event for you, or even a younger good friend, with this new, up-to-date edition.”—Paul J. Nahin, writer of Time Machines, Oliver Heaviside, and Dr. Euler’s awesome Formula

Lillian R. Lieber used to be a professor and head of the dep. of arithmetic at new york collage. She wrote a chain of lighthearted (and well-respected) math books, lots of them illustrated via her husband, Hugh grey Lieber.

David Derbes teaches physics on the college of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Robert Jantzen is a professor of arithmetic at Villanova University.

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