What Is Relativity? by Jeffrey Bennett

Using a colloquial voice and plenty of illustrations and diagrams, Bennett presents this introduction to Einstein’s theory of relativity. Beginning with a sinister “what if” premise (what if the sun turned into a black hole?), the author immediately dispels the belief that black holes literally suck (planets and objects, that is). After explaining the myth of black holes, he then goes on to correct other misconceptions commonly held in the physics field. The book is sectioned into different aspects of Einstein’s theory, including the speed of light, the space-time continuum, and implications of relativity. Though aspiring astrophysicists may enjoy this book, it may be too advanced for true physics novices.

I’m not a science person, so this one was hard for me to get through. The author did make an attempt to be funny and does have a conversational tone, but it was still rough. I recommend this book if you’re a fan of science, Einstein, or Physics, but, if you’re a real beginner like me, it may be better to start with a simpler piece.

Rating: 3/5

*School Library Journal Review

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