Einstein for Beginners

Einstein for Beginners Amusing irreverent sophisticated and highly accessible Einstein for Beginners is the perfect introduction to Einstein s life and thought Reaching back as far as Babylon for the origins of mathemati

  • Title: Einstein for Beginners
  • Author: Michael McGuinness Joseph Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780394738017
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amusing, irreverent, sophisticated and highly accessible, Einstein for Beginners is the perfect introduction to Einstein s life and thought.Reaching back as far as Babylon for the origins of mathematics and the Etruscans who thought they could handle lightning , this book takes us through the revolutions in electrical communications and technology that made the theory oAmusing, irreverent, sophisticated and highly accessible, Einstein for Beginners is the perfect introduction to Einstein s life and thought.Reaching back as far as Babylon for the origins of mathematics and the Etruscans who thought they could handle lightning , this book takes us through the revolutions in electrical communications and technology that made the theory of relativity possible In the process, we meet scientific luminaries and personalities of imperial Germany, as well as Galileo, Faraday, and Newton learn why moving clocks run slower than stationary ones, why nothing can go faster than the speed of light and follow Albert s thought as he works his way toward E mc2, the most famous equation of the twentieth century.

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    1. This book is awesome!! Okay discount the gimmicky title - the book was written in 1979, they didn't know any better. As a result of reading this book I am now convinced:1. So much of science can be conveyed clearly with words, pictures, and thought experiments, rather than the typical mired-down explanations that use clunky symbols and equations.2. Illustrated books are better than animations at teaching. You go at your own pace, you peruse at your leisure - it's not like Ken Robinson TedEd vide [...]

    2. This book explains the theory of relativity quite well - if you have the patience to wade through random historical tangents, biographies of everyone and their oarents, and the author's push for revolutionary socialism. I am guessing the later is probably a product of being written in 1979; the former of poor editing. The art is atrocious - it mixes steam punk style with silly underdrawn sketches. The type face is mixed; anything harder to understand is in a tiny print. The effect is messy both [...]

    3. I found this book the year it came out. On a train ride from Princeton to NY, I must have shared it with at least a dozen others who just fell in love with it. Since then I have bought well over 20 copies to gift friends.The best line from the book is: Scientists have a saying: You never really understand a new theory. You just get used to it. Brilliant book; absolutely brilliant.

    4. This is a great book but not for beginners. I think you have to already have a pretty good understanding of higher math and physics to really get it. It is a cartoon story first half of Einstein's life. Second half takes you hurtling at literally the speed of light through Einstein's theory of relativity and along the way a brief history of math and physics. Included in this book is a refresher (hopefully) on the Pythagorean Theorem; an overview of the Lorenz transformation necessary to understa [...]

    5. Einstein's achievements were, of course, immense, but this book in particular does a great job of showing how those achievements were just one part of a decidedly group-oriented work ethic which is peculiar to the natural sciences. For Einstein happened upon his space-time continuum only as a result of Faraday's discovery that electromagnetic forces are conducted by space, which was what Maxwell needed to formulate the notion of electric and magnetic fields, which was what Einstein required to i [...]

    6. I picked this up off a sale table in a used book store and was surprised how excellent it was. This could be the best description of relativity I've ever read. Alas, my grasp is still quite tenuous but I was much encouraged by this quote: "Physicists say they don't so much understand new theories as get used to them."The book concerns itself with lots of good history on the theory of electromagnetism hence varying amounts of information on Faraday, Maxwell, Hertz, Newton and Michelson. Most of t [...]

    7. Whhyyyyy the paragraphs at the end about socialism? Those were entirely unnecessary and no, I do not care about your opinions, Mr. Schwartz.I wasn't a huge fan of the book, but I can see young adults who are into science or are reluctant readers digging the format and easy-to-grasp conceptual explanations.

    8. So it's graphic; it's great. I am so impressed with how simply yet completely the complexity of this formula was laid out. I almost get it.

    9. Surprisingly, this book is not particularly clear. Cute cartoons and comments and references to "Albert" don't make for clarity. Light is central to Einstein but the authors don't tell us why we should care at all about 'light'. The authors reference Einstein's illustration of himself riding along a light wave at the speed of light, holding a mirror, observing that the light from his face wouldn't be able to catch up with the mirror. Here the reader might be puzzled about where the light on Eins [...]

    10. As someone who is in high school and knows plenty about science and scientist who would have know that Einstein had an odd time growing up just like some other famous people. Once i started reading it it kinda reminded me of Steve jobs because they have a similar history in a way. The main character in “Einstein for Beginners” is Einstein himself the book talks about how he was when he was young to when he was an adult and what had he accomplished so far. He was not interested in the indust [...]

    11. Written in 1979, it was one of the earlier examples of a book with a serious subject being illustrated with comic illustrations. Graphic Novels are no longer novel, but the treatment of serious material in this manner was relatively new, and part of the "hippie" culture. This one was a success in that it takes very complicated material - how Einstein came up with several of his theories, including relativity, and presenting the actually mathematics, and the physics in a format that renders it sl [...]

    12. I got a dubious impression from this book, reason by which I was doubtful to give it three full stars. I feel that the book ends exactly in the middle, and that only focus on the general relativity theory and than it drops the rest of Einstein's (scientific and personal) life entirely. And the last page is completely unnecessary (it really feels like political propaganda put by the author). Just for that is almost worth just one or two stars. The good side(s) of this book is the historical intro [...]

    13. A nice, easy to read graphic novel that gets people up to speed on Special Relativity. A nice bonus of embedding the story in the socialism vs. totalitarianism and emerging field theories of Einstein's time. The author chooses to make a few one to two pages digressions that are actually very good. The book also gets you through E=mc2 but does not get to general relativity. Nothing new to those of us who have been thinking about teaching these issues, but a great loaner book for the high school s [...]

    14. I really liked this and I'm not sure that I understood it all, but the authors assure me that I shouldn't on a first read and that's okay. I liked the way the social and historical aspects of the world were explored to help the reader understand the road Einstein was on before he worked out the theory of relativity and that his predecessors were given their due. There were some great graphics in this that helped make the theory of relativity slightly more clear for me, but the math is way above [...]

    15. 12yrs of science education, graduate courses, and I still couldn't explain Einstein's relativity to myself. Then I read this cartoon book, and suddenly it is all so incredibly simple. Of course you need to have some understanding of the fixedeness of the speed of light, which depends on Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism, but nowadays these are concepts that we don't strain ourselves over, even when we don't understand them, we just take them as true - the evidence is all around us in our m [...]

    16. Despite the fact that this book has been helpful in aiding me (a decidedly scientifically-challenged person) in beginning to understand Einstein's work on the Relativity of Simultaneity (which I've become more or less obsessed with in the past few weeks), I found the format to be very odd, and not as helpful as the authors clearly intended it to be. Sometimes the flow of the page didn't work, causing me to become distracted as I tried to decide what I was supposed to read first.

    17. I felt like I was cheating in My Reading Challenge reading this book because it is short and more like a comic book but I loved it. I am reading Einstein:Life in Science at the moment and I am glad that I read this book before starting Life in Science because it covers most of the things in the new book but in a very funny and easy to understand way. I think readers trying to understand Relativity should start this book before trying other serious books concerning Relativity.

    18. This book took the most complex concept in the history of our world (that has been "proven") and explains it through the cartoon renditions by the author. It's an excellent, quick read; another purse book. From the simple explanation of how fast light really travels, to why we can't travel into the future, but it is mathematically "possible" to travel into the past, and then some; this is a rush of possibilities. This book is full of "ah ha!s"

    19. This is probably the best book from the "for beginners" series. The book breaks down Einstein's theories making it easy to understand. The pictures are well integrated into the text. The book does rush a tad with the formulas and towards the end. I didn't understand to the fullest extent Einstein's theory, but I don't think I would ever understand it ever if I didn't read the book.

    20. This book is exactly what is says it is. A beginners look at Einstein and his most well know scientific theories. It is a great introduction to modern physics and is very easy to understand and read. It is one in a series of "beginners" books, all illustrated to make the concepts and ideas easier to understand.

    21. This book is good at explaining physics, but the author should have remembered that this should be a book about Einstein and his contribution to science (that's the reason why people would want to read this book in the first place) and not a tool for sharing his personal opinions whenever he can. I also don't like the cartoons all that much.

    22. Kalau pas naik kereta, dan kereta ku ada di tengah-tengah, diapit dua kerata lainnya, aku jadi ingat buku ini. Prinsip relativitas gerak Einstein. Jadi mungkinkah manusia bergerak melebihi kecepatan cahaya? Menurut rumus yang aku dapat di SMA, massa akan menjadi tak hingga ketika bergerak dengan kecepatan cahaya.

    23. Probably the most interesting and approachable attempt to describe relativity. Can be read and understood within a single sitting of an hour or two. All done in simple cartoons and full of humor to keep things lively.

    24. Great way to relate to a topicrough pictures/cartoons. Fun read. Most interesting way to realize the thinking, the times and the background, and how Einstein came up with his theory of relativity and E=MC2. Good stuff!

    25. Towards the end I started to get pretty confused, however, because of other books I've read and things I've learned I was able to understand it enough. It can be pretty confusing, but still I enjoyed learning about his history quite a bit.

    26. Muy util para aprender las bases del razonamiento de Albert. Las ideas estan muy bien definidas y el contenido es conciso y de facil entendimineto. Me quede con un gusto a poco, pero eso tambien puede deberse a que lo lei en un par de horas y lo termine justo antes de irme a dormir.

    27. Great pics, and a quick read. Still didn't quite digest all of the equations of relativity, but don't let that stop you.

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