Book Review: The Theory of Relativity and Other Essays by Albert Einstein (Three Stars)

Book Review: The Theory of Relativity and Other Essays by Albert Einstein

Three Stars

“Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense-experience to a logically uniform system.”

In these essays Einstein attempts to bring the complexities of high-level theoretic science to the layman. He’s partly successful; I almost understand relativity now. When he starts charts and equations, he loses me.

“Perfection of means and confusion of goals … characterizes our age.”

Written in the 1940s and 50s these article also engage the idea that science is a natural outgrowth of living and has something to contribute, even to ideas like ethics, though Einstein admits, “For the scientist, there is only ‘being,’ but no wishing, no value, no good, no evil, no goal.”

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Theory of Relativity and Other Essays by Albert Einstein (Three Stars)

  1. I understand his words, but charts and equations have to be very small and clear before I “get” them. Stephen Hawking the same. Thanks.

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