Book 81: What Is Relativity? by Jeffrey Bennett

Finished reading on October 27th, 2013

Rating: 8/10

“What Is Relativity?” will be out on March 4th, 2014. I was lucky to get access to it sooner through netgalley.com.

As the book’s title suggests it’s about relativity. Both special and general theories get explained and they’re explained well using a lot of thought experiments and nearly no mathematics whatsoever.

It goes a little bit further as well, showing  the implications rising from relativity – black holes, expansion of the universe etc.

It was surprisingly fun to read and it took me two evenings to do it and considering it’s a book about relativity then that’s saying something. It’s not too simplified though, you still have to think every though experiment through if you want to understand what’s going on with the time dilation and what happens in a black hole.

I think this book would be a good read even for younger readers, as “What Is Relativity”  explains relativity in an accessible way and there are no equations to scare you off.

And finally it was just interesting and fun to read.

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  1. Pingback: What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas, and Why They Matter | Science Book a Day

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