- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (June 6, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780517884416
- ISBN-13: 978-0517884416
- ASIN: 0517884410
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49.986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory Paperback – 6 June 1995
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Redesigned inside and out to have a fresh, appealing look, this new edition of a classic Crown Trade Paperback is a collection of Einstein's own popular writings on his work and describes the meaning of his main theories in a way virtually everyone can understand.
About the Author
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk.
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Einstein’s monograph on the theory of relativity is simply brilliant, of course, and I wouldn’t presume to critique his work. But “Empire Books,” or whatever fly-by-night publisher was responsible for this particular edition of the book, was inexcusably negligent. The edition that I got from Amazon is simply riddled with typographical and formatting errors, which in some places are so bad that they make it difficult to follow the text. I know nothing about who is behind “Empire Books,” but I strongly suspect that some clever young entrepreneur with access to a printing press thought that an easy way to make a quick buck would be to print and sell new editions of books that were in the public domain. I have no problem with this business model in principle — I might even consider doing it myself if I owned a printing press. My complaint is with the poor quality control. If you’re going to go into the publishing business, in my opinion, you have an obligation to your customers to make sure that the books you print are properly formatted and have been proofread at least well enough to catch glaring mistakes. You can’t just download a text file from Project Gutenberg or some similar site and print it out as is, never even bothering to check it for errors. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this edition of Einstein’s excellent book to anyone. Find one from a more reliable publisher.
After torturing myself with ISBN 9781542472371, I have decided to set it on fire with a red laser. Until then, I have ordered the Hanoch Gutfreund version (ISBN 9780691166339) in hardcover. I have much higher hopes for the Gutfreund version.
It is my sincere hope that this review spares you the pain, suffering, and disappointment of seeing a genius like Einstein denigrated in a cheap softcover reprint and seeing your own time wasted on the same!