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Why Does E=mc^2?: And Why Should We Care? by Brian Cox, Jeffrey R. Forshaw

jacobmorrall's review against another edition

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3.0

I want to clarify that this is a brilliant science book and explains special relativity well. My qualm with it, is that it is written without assuming any mathematical knowledge and this means that there are sections that could be far more concise than they are by using equations. This is a hard balance to strike and I don't think it was quite right for this topic. While I understand that the point was to teach people, who aren't overly scientific, about a hard physics theory I think it could've been helped by a more mathematical style.

ewan_m's review against another edition

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challenging informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.0

reasonpassion's review against another edition

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5.0

Completely amazing in elucidating a point of physics that is at once dauntingly difficult and also horribly misunderstood and misused by a great many spiritualists. Cox, with his British wit and charm and frequent reminders of chalk-covered professors, brings without much math this most elegant and incredible of equations to life beginning with the simplest of notions and proceeding to rock the phenomenological world off its hinges. None of this is to say the book is simple, there are concepts here not for the faint of intellectual heart, but as a conceptualization, Cox brings both special and general relativity to a plane that is accessible and mind-expanding.

stephriggs25's review against another edition

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challenging informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.5

marriott's review against another edition

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5.0

Suddenly, all the bits I remember from my A-levels (years ago) came flying together in an eye opening, perspective enlarging, big bang of clarity!

micmezle's review against another edition

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informative slow-paced

3.0

chaotic_aesthetic's review against another edition

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informative medium-paced

4.0

nashiraprime's review against another edition

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4.0

El libro como tal me parece interesante, ambicioso en el sentido que busca explicar la fórmula más elegante y hermosa del mundo a personas que no hemos estudiado carreras de ciencias.
Normalmente no tengo dificultades en leer sobre estos temas, pero el exceso de matemáticas y fórmulas empleadas por los autores (no sé cuál) me abrumó hasta el punto que me saltaba párrafos y páginas enteras en las que apareciese algún símbolo griego.
Sin embargo, el libro logró su objetivo. Y cuando empiezas a ver el fruto de tu esfuerzo por entender algo tan extraño, el universo se vuelve aún más fascinante.
Como libro de divulgación, no lo recomendaría a quienes nunca han leído nada sobre el tema tratado, pero sí, y mucho, a quienes quieran profundizar en los conceptos ya conocidos, y acercarse a los nunca antes tratados en otros libros.

rbk28's review against another edition

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challenging informative

3.75

bakudreamer's review against another edition

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1.0

An attempt to combinte pop science with chick lit. = to : (