|Re: A Journey into Gravity and Spacetime (& a question)
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Author: Brutus Date: Jul 29, 2007 14:12
On Jul 29, 8:01 pm, Brutus yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Jul 29, 7:28 pm, schoenfeld....@gmail.com
>> On Jul 29, 8:36 pm, Brutus yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> I got this amazing newbie book a few days ago. Why didn't anyone
>>> recommend it nor is it in Baez reading list? It's even better
>> The real question is why someones book list matters to you. Lots of
>> other people keep lists of books they recommend too, would you like me
>> to forward your post to them?
> Who else (of reliable source) has good list of layman books for SR,
> GR, QM, etc.? I thought it's only Baez who has them. I think
> he reads hundreds of books and know which is junk and good
> for us who can't afford that much money.
Another, I've been trying to understand General Relativity
for a decade and couldn't even after reading Greene's Elegant
Universe.. until I found Wheeler's book a few days
ago. And it only costs $2 with full color illustration in
most pages. The book opens my mind to the reality that
GR is a physical phenomenon and has an objective reality.
Also I like Wheeler's poem:
Sparkling grain of sand
On the fabric of existence,
Between event and event,
You two tear away the clouds
Of "absolute space" and "absolute time"
And reveal to us spacetime -
Spacetime as doorway,
Doorway, daring traveller,
To the enormity
Of space and time
Open to our visitation.
GR is like poetry indeed. It opens our mind and heart.
Also I think GR is God Himself. He (or Spacetime) is all
around us. He is everywhere. Spacetime is He who
ever watches us down the ages and from the beginning of
Hope I'm not being duped by relativity hypnotists, lol.