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Great book. Actually explains enough physics to get what Einstein did in areas such as thermodynamics, specific heat, light quantization, the derivation of the Plank law, ...etc. This was the companion book I was looking for to go along with Manjit Kumar's "Quantum" (another great book). The two should be read (or heard) one after another.
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Gives the history and easy to understand yet in-depth scientific explanations. Told in an entertaining way. Great read!
This is a fascinating journey from the "predictable"world of Newton to the "unpredictable" modern day world of quantum theory in which Einstein emerges as its principal driver - even though he later rejected the basic unpredictability of what he was so instrumental in bringing to light.
However, this is a book full of complex mathematical formulae which only those familiar with this subject can understand. Whilst I could follow the broad historical descriptions and developments, as a layman I was unable to comprehend the extensive mathematical explanations that so frequently occur in this book. In fact, I am not even sure that an average person literate in maths
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This book made me fall in love with the genius of the man all over again!
Over the years I have read many books (aimed at the layman) about the development of science and especially the history of theoretical physics. Of course I was aware of the whole 'not playing dice' objection but never knew the extent of how much the genius of the man shaped the quantum understanding too!
The book does an excellent job of depicting the genius and prowess of Einstein in such an easy way to follow and understand. The mix of anecdotes, life story, hard core physics and the well placed humour takes you through a gripping journey. Thank you Mr Stone for bringing him to life.
I wonder what he would have made of m theory?
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Such a fascinating look at the history of physics and the part played by Einstein which has shaped the understanding of our physical reality in a more monumental way then most of us have ever realised. A must read for science and history enthusiasts alike!