I've read and listened to a few books on the two subjects, but this one cleared up some confusion and filled in some gaps. For example
- With special relativity, you frequently hear the twin paradox - when one leaves on a space ship, comes back and is younger than the earth bound twin. Most explainations i've heard usually end there, but then when you think about, if motion is relative, why isn't it the earth bound twin that stays young and the space traveler age? This book clearly explained a resolution to the paradox and it all finally makes sense
- All of the books i've read/listened to always say, "Plank started the quantum revolution when he studied heat". then the next sentence would be about Einstein and the photoelectric effect. None of them stopped to explain what plank did. This book actually explains the "UV catastrophe" and how Plank resolved the problem.
The professor of your dreams - enthusiastic, great eplainations, and anticipated questions of the audience well
Yes - learned so much, need to go back and pick up the details
The description of the rockets, interludes to world affairs, character profiles
Waiting for the signal from Sputnik!
Yes, great stories and perspective
No - prefer to savor the thoughts and ideas instead of rush through.
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