• Theory of Relativity

  • and Other Essays
  • By: Albert Einstein
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

E=mc2: It may be Einstein’s most well-known contribution to modern science, but how many people understand the thought process or physics behind this famous equation? In this collection of his seven most important essays on physics, Einstein guides the listener step-by-step through the many layers of scientific theory that formed a starting point for his discoveries. By both supporting and refuting the theories and scientific efforts of his predecessors, Einstein reveals in a clear voice the origins and meaning of such significant topics as physics and reality, the fundamentals of theoretical physics, the common language of science, the laws of science and of ethics, and an elementary derivation of the equivalence of mass and energy. This remarkable collection allows the general reader to understand not only the significance of Einstein’s masterpiece, but also the brilliant mind behind it.

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Pure Einstein but not an introduction

The best part of this book is hearing Einstein’s writing on the subjects of Relativity, the nature of science, and the issues of integrating General Relativity with Quantum theory. Yet there are now many other texts that discuss these subjects with much more clarity and much more depth, and have many more years of thought and experiment behind them. The narration is straightforward and quite clear. I enjoyed this listen, but it seems to me this is not the best place to start learning about relativity or the incompatibilities between quantum theory and relativity.

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No PDF

I had to search online for information/equations that would help me follow. It's inconceivable that anyone would release this as a audiobook without providing a PDFS to the reader.

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My mistake

Reminded me of college experience. I used to take a recorder ( we are talking the 70s) to class to assist note taking, That was great for history, literature, psychology, etc but my major/minor was math/physics. Listening to differential equations (or more often just ticks on a chalkboard) was totally useless. I did not look carefully enough or I would have known this is not an appropriate topic for an audiobook. Thought the discussion would be more conceptual.

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This interpretation was helpful

Thank you for creating this content .Im writing a theory that explains this theory with day a from past and present which will prophesy the future. my son Noah was Albert Einstein past. Noah was 22 when he passed in 2020 on 9-22. I explain why the universe is as it is. I began studying physics in order to explain what I already know. physics is a language. media is a language. art is a language. our physical reality is a language. our emotions are a language and so forth. again. thank you

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Hard to understand equations in audio format.

I think I would have enjoyed this book in print format. Unfortunately, in audio format, I found the equations very difficult to understand even though I come from a technical background. Perhaps a companion PDF would help, but in the current format, I was not able to finish this book.

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Covers important points that others do not

This resolved many of the questions I was struggling with after having read other explanations of the theory of relativity.

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  • 09-10-15

Interesting

Will listen to this several times. Lots of maths to challenge you. Good narrator that keeps the time lovely enough

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  • Katy Townson
  • 01-16-22

narrator ruined it, gasping like a goldfish.

The narrator took loud gasping breaths every sentence. They were so loud & distracting that i couldn't get past the 1st chapter. it was a soothing interesting listen at 1st, then 5mins in, all i could hear was his frequent gasps and it was like nails on a chalk board and i couldn't continue.