H. A. Lorentz was a Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize winner whose transformation equations were later used by Albert Einstein to describe space and time. Despite his intimidating credentials, Lorentz managed to write a book on Einstein's theory that anyone with basic scientific knowledge will understand. Building on this accessibility, narrator Brian Troxell's performance has the informal quality of a friendly discussion rather than the stiffness of a lecture. While Lorentz doesn't cover the theory in great detail, listeners will leave with a basic understanding of the theory and the experiments used to validate it.
Whether it is true or not that not more than 12 persons in all the world are able to understand Einstein's Theory, it is nevertheless a fact that there is a constant demand for information about this much-debated topic of relativity. The books published on the subject are so technical that only a person trained in pure physics and higher mathematics is able to fully understand them. In order to make a popular explanation of this far-reaching theory available, the present book was written.
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Said essentially nothing about relativity theory. Just a short, rambling, unfocused, truncated description of how Einstein derived the theory, but nothing about the theory itself.
The performance wasn't all that bad
None. It is worthless and disappointing.
Actual book might make a passable paperweight.
The author obfuscates the simplicity of the Theory of Relativity. You will be further mystified after reading this book, if you really are seeking to understand the theory. Reminded me of tests in college where you had to fill a 'Blue Book' with words to pass a Psychology test. After listening to this book three times, I conclude that the theory is sometimes an improvement on Newtonian theory of gravitation, but probably needs further correction and fails altogether in predicting the red shift of light for stars with light passing near our Sun. The author states that no reconciliation for that discrepancy has been made. That alone requires a change to be forthcoming and requires the theory to not be regarded as a fact but a step in the right direction for many properties of high velocity particles. One wonders at the other claims of the theory, with regard to twins separated by rocket travel. Do they also demonstrate no red shift parallel in discrepancy. I do not recommend this book as a helpful tool in your quest to understand Einstein's theory. The first few sentences in chapter 4 exemplify the author's obfuscation ability completely. The statement that "...the form of comparison used by Einstein to present the theory is the only possible one." begs further elaboration that is not provided, especially in light of the theory's failure in one area. I realize that this negative review will probably cause many physicists to read the book in defense. Oh well...
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