The real selling point of this book lies in the second part of the name. It really does address why people should care about E=mc2 and how it has an impact on the rest of physics. Most books focus on the technical aspects, without really paying close attention to the underlying meaning of the concepts, and Cox & Forshaw keep that meaning prominently placed on center stage throughout the book.
This book is a follow-up to Orzel's well-received 2009 book How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. While the first book focused on quantum physics, Orzel now turns his explanatory powers to Einstein's famous theory of relativity, attempting to present it in language that's acceptable to even the lay reader (or the lay dog, for that matter).
Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
This book, The Principle of Relativity, collects Einstein's major papers together (including "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies," which introduced relativity) with their predecessors by Lorentz as well as Herman Minkowski's influential "Space and Time" and Hermann Weyl's "Gravitation and Electricity." It is a must-have collection of the most important early papers on relativity.
This book, with the full title of Albert Meets America: How Journalists Treated Genius during Einstein's 1921 Travels, is a historical exploration of Einstein as an emerging popular culture figure as he toured the United Supports to raise fund for a Zionist state. Jozsef Illy, visiting editor of the Einstein Papers, collects and annotates news articles and press releases from the trip to provide a compelling look at Einstein's science, his Zionism, and the roller coaster ride that he received from a populace that barely understood what he was famous for ... and some who hated to see a man of his ethnicity reach such a famous standing.
Another past contributor to the About.com Physics Forum, Todd Matthews Kelso, has written an on-line book, Pythagorean Physics, outlining his own brand of anti-relativism.