Title: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
Author: Albert Einstein, Roger Penrose (intro), Robert W Lawson (trans)
Publisher: The Folio Society, 2004
Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. 9½” x 5¼”, 192 pages. Like new, dark grey slipcase. Bound in Kephera, printed and blocked in holographic foil with a design by Jonathan Kitchen.
In 1905 Albert Einstein published the most famous equation of all time, E=mc², and the universe was transformed overnight. But how many of us have even a clue what Einstein’s theories of relativity actually mean, let alone about their significance for understanding the nature of space, time and the world in which we live?
These are undoubtedly some of the most complex thoughts ever to emerge from the human mind and Einstein’s inestimable genius extends to an ability to present his ideas cogently. Written expressly with the mathematically shy in mind – in the hope that it would dispel any mystery and provide ‘a few happy hours of suggestive thought’ – Relativity is a surprisingly accessible work. Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s great achievement, it is the essential guide to one of the most fundamental discoveries of modern science.