Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Google eBook)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 brandnew 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. First time in Penguin Classics New introduction by bestselling science author Nigel Calder 
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Relativity Simplified...
User Review  ebuyer  FlipkartThe only requirement for reading this book is the knowledge of English. The theory is explained to the reader so lucidly, without going into mathematical rigors, that one will fall in love with this book if not the theory itself. Read full review
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User Review  Kaustubh Hundekar  FlipkartThis book's very first chapter reveals that this book is meant to study. It needs concentration, abstraction and more over will to learn relativity. Keeping that in mind and reading it the way its ... Read full review
Contents
THE CONSTANT SPEED OF LIGHT  
TIME BECOMES SLIPPERY  
MASS AND ENERGY  
ONWARD TO GENERAL RELATIVITY  
GRAVITY BENDS LIGHT  
COMING CLEAN ABOUT THE SPEED OF LIGHT  
C DISPLACEMENT OF SPECTRAL LINES TOWARDS THE RED  
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SLITHERING IN SPACETIME  
IMPROVING ON NEWTON  
A COSMOLOGICAL SKETCH  
GENERAL RELATIVITY STILL THRIVES  
A MOTION OF THE PERIHELION OF MERCURY  
B DEFLECTION OF LIGHT BY A GRAVITATIONAL FIELD  
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