Einstein For Beginners

by Joseph Schwartz & Michael McGuinnessAmusing, irreverent, sophisticated, and highly accessible, "Einstein for Beginners" is the perfect introduction to Albert Einstein's life and thought. Reaching back as far as Babylon ( for the origins of mathematics) and the Etruscans (who thought they could handle lightning), this book takes us through the revolutions in electrical  communications and technology that made the theory of relativity possible. In the process we meet scientific luminaries of imperial Germany, as well as Galileo, Faraday, and Newton; we learn why moving clocks run slower than stationary ones and why nothing can go faster than the speed of light; and we follow Albert's thought as he works his way toward E = mc2, the most groundbreaking equation of the twentieth century.