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Martin Gardner at his best

  • Jun 27, 2010
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The late and great Martin Gardner had no peer when it came to explaining mathematics. He could begin with an advanced concept and reduce it to terms that were both understandable and entertaining. Best known for his long-running "Mathematical Recreations" column in "Scientific American", Gardner also wrote about other subjects.
In this book, he explains Einstein's theories of relativity at the level of the middle school child. The explanations are thorough, relatively complete and at the appropriate level. Gardner sets the proper historical stage by describing the thought patterns before Einstein and how the results of the Michelson-Morley experiment forced physicists to reconsider their explanations of the universe. He then goes on to explain the observational consequences of the theories of relativity. Once again, Gardner is at his best in explaining complex topics, his contributions to scientific and mathematical literacy are enduring yet he will be sorely missed.

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ISBN-10: 0025425404
ISBN-13: 978-0025425408
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Macmillan

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