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    World's Greatest Genius,

    This book is truly a scientific gem. Not only did the brilliant Einstein envision the theory of relativity, but he also felt compelled to inform non-scientists by writing this "less" technical explanation of his theory. The book's section on Special Relativity is not too difficult to grasp. However, having some basic understanding of algebra and classical mechanics is helpful. On the other hand, the section on General Relativity is quite profound, requiring the reader to imagine new concepts of space and time that are alien to one's sense of reality. Indeed, I had to read this section several times and I'm still not sure if I completely understand it. However, this is more of a function of my imagination skills rather than Einstein's literary abilities. For he uses an abundance of familiar terms and analogies to simplify the understanding of some of the more "unusual" implications of General Relativity. I would not recommend this book to someone averse to technical subjects. However, I do recommend it to those wishing to learn the basics of relativity theory.
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    Bouncer

    Very complicated but if you read it carefully then nothing like it. Theory is quite complex but if you are real modern physics lovers then worth book to buy.
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    Great BIG

    There is no way to simplify the strikingly complex, but when taken in, this truth starts to consume you. The harsh reality of Einstein is that his simplest idea is way out beyond my already stretched out head! But the brain, even one as dull as mine, is a remarkable gift, let your mental skiff drift into these waters, see if they don't start a hunger in your life, it is, after all, a big ocean?
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    Good book

    This a good book for me because it's only deals with concept not with mathematics. That means this books only describes relativity with concept. So, it's not necessary to have a good mathematical background to understand the material. It's don't go too deep. Good book to introduce with relativity.
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    FIVE STARS

    The commentary sections were invaluable and overall the book does a decent job at presenting the material in a digestible manner, for lay persons. The main text (Einstein's own words), however, has awkward wording in many places. I imagine most of this has to do with the translation and the rest has to do with the time when it was written and the general, jargon-laden way that scientists tend to write.
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