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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what about relativity? Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible introduction to Einstein’s physics. Through armchair ”and sometimes passenger-seat” conversations with Emmy about the relative speeds of dog and cat motion or theThey say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what about relativity?Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible introduction to Einstein’s physics. Through armchair ”and sometimes passenger-seat” conversations with Emmy about the relative speeds of dog and cat motion or the logistics of squirrel-chasing, Orzel translates complex Einsteinian ideas, i.e., ”the slowing of time for a moving observer, the shrinking of moving objects, the effects of gravity on light and time, black holes, the Big Bang, and of course, E=mc2” into examples simple enough for a dog to understand.A lively romp through one of the great theories of modern physics, How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about space, time, and anything else you might have slept through in high school physics class....

Title : How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog
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ISBN : 9780465023318
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 327 Pages
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How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog Reviews

  • Mark Hebwood
    2018-10-19 09:46

    This shows that relative to me, dogs are more intelligent.

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    2018-09-22 08:48

    Pretty good intro to relativity didn't like it as much as the Quantum Physics book but it gives a pretty good outline of the concepts behind special relativity, general relativity, and how it relates to an evolving (big bang) universe. I went through it kind of fast because I studied this stuff in college.

  • Fuzzball Baggins
    2018-09-30 11:00

    Great book, I learned so much!

  • J.P.
    2018-09-20 09:08

    This is a pretty good book. I will likely be reading other books on the subject to try to gain a better understanding of the subject but it is a neat way to introduce the subject in an atypical & clever manner. It's not heavy on the math & gives good examples to explain the concepts. It also goes a little into the history behind the discoveries that lead to the breakthrough & understanding of relativity as well. I remember seeing some reviews where some were annoyed by the "conversations between the author & his dog" & at times I could see how it could be taken as such. I think they provide a little comic relief as well as relief from the trying task of taking in a lot of the counter-intuitive concepts of the subject because your mind will still be racing & attempting to grasp these concepts as you go through these parts so I think there are helpful. Overall it was a good book but the subject itself definitely requires more reading.

  • Alison
    2018-10-07 10:03

    An excellent intro to the weird and wonderful world of relativity. I'm no expert, but I feel like it gave me at least a basic understanding of its principles. Conversations with a dog are a cute way to break down the ideas, but the dog's overuse of the casual "dude" address came off as a bit precious and tiresome. An excellent read!

  • Ben
    2018-10-06 14:07

    Readable and never gets too heavy, but also nothing too different from other pop-level intros to special & general relativity. I enjoyed it because it'd been awhile since I'd read a book on the topic. Many sections were literally the exact same thought experiments that usually show up (observers moving relative to each other at high speed, the twins paradox, falling into a black hole)... except played out with cats & dogs rather than people. Cute, but ultimately just window dressing around the same discussion that's found elsewhere. To be fair, I'm not sure what a fundamentally different & fresh way of presenting the material would look like, so I don't hold it much against the author.

  • Jessie
    2018-10-03 15:08

    Fun and accessible. You can tell Orzel is an experimentalist; he mentions a lot of the experimental work that has confirmed the theories here or experiments that were/are going on. (There has been some key progress since the book came out, but some of that work is mentioned as starting up or being in progress in the book.)

  • Roger
    2018-10-14 07:47

    Having previously read "How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog" I had a good idea of what to expect in this other book by Chad Orzel. In each chapter, Orzel seeks to explain some element of physics linked to relativity, while Emmy, his dog, frequently interrupts with questions or opinions. The concept is an interesting one, in that the role of Emmy is to ask the dumb questions that the reader might be pondering. This approach also gives Orzel an opportunity to restate what he's already written, therefore reinforcing the points he wants to get across.To a great degree this approach works and it also allows some humour to lighten the text. For example Emmy, rather than being impressed by what she learns, is quite scathing and sarcastic in places about how much physicists don't know about the universe. It's also clear that Emmy, despite being a dog (although no average dog since she can hold conversations), already understand a lot about physics - certainly more than does the average non-physicist who might be reading the book. Consequently, many of the points she raises probably wouldn't have occurred to "ordinary" readers. She's also irritating in that despite an in-depth knowledge of physics, Emmy is naive is other areas, such as referring to elevators [or lifts, in British-English] as Magic Closets, although I suppose a cynic might say that theoretical physicists may also have such an unworldliness about them.Notwithstanding these minor irritations, this is a good book which, besides covering the core areas of relativity, also ventures into related areas such as particle physics, cosmology, black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and unified theories (including string theory). I struggled somewhat in Orzel's explanations of Minkowski diagrams, but to a large extent I blame this on me reading the Kindle version where viewing pictures at the same time as reading the text is challenging. I would have fared better in this regard had I read a paper version of the book.

  • Dawn Peers
    2018-10-01 10:08

    You would be forgiven for assuming that the nuances of relativity are beyond most human beings. I'm guessing that's the usual opinion (myself included, as one of those normal humans) however, as a fan of Orzel's writing and having thoroughly enjoyed (and understood) How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog I was interested in seeing how much I could wrap my mind around with this new tome.Orzel (and Emmy) return in a fantastically accessible book. Orzel's writing style is relaxed and as jargon-free as possible whilst easing you in to a notoriously complex subject matter. As Orzel's style is so engaging, it keeps you interested in the subject matter (as opposed to when you were studying physics in high school, which probably had you snoozing behind your textbook).Another winner of a book from Orzel. Buy it, read it, and astound your pub friends. Or at least know a little more about relativity :)* note I received this book free to review as part of the Amazon Vine program *

  • Michael Fishman
    2018-10-03 15:48

    Let's face it. Both General and Special Relativity are hard concepts to grasp. I've read many explanations for both. But to this day, I can only scratch the surface.Chad Orzel's book is a dialogue between himself and his dog. He's pretending that he can speak his dog's language, and he's trying to explain Relativity to his dog. This book is as simple an explanation as I've read. The humor can be corny at times. But the best thing about this book is that it illuminated much of theoretical physics for me. Especially the part about subatomic particles, the quest for a Theory of Everything, and how gravity fits in.

  • Nick Fagerlund
    2018-09-25 10:44

    I learned a lot from this and I'm glad I read it! The rhythm of the writing wasn't quite to my taste and the repeated dog comedy bits got old, but the physics explanations were top notch, helping make sense of some things I've never been able to grasp before. This is some of the highest quality popular science writing I've seen.It was also timely, because they announced the first gravity wave detection at LIGO pretty much as soon as I finished it and I was totally equipped to understand the news.

  • Tom Schulte
    2018-09-29 11:02

    Accessible and featuring a cast of characters to delight or ignore, this book agilely moves from special and general relativity to such contemporary topics as the Higgs boson and the Standard Model. At just over three hundred pages, this work is a compact general audience introduction that is succinct and artfully instructive. It is not the 'conversations with his dog' premise that can make this book a successful disquisition of relativistic physics; it is the economy and clarity of elucidation.See my full review online at MAA's Math DL.

  • Callie
    2018-10-06 15:49

    I started this book and didn't finish because I had to return it to the library, but I made it to chapter four. What I have read so far blew. my. mind. I never took physics in high school (I was more of a biology/organic chemistry nerd) so this was mostly new information to me and I was just amazed. He explains these difficult concepts as seen through the eyes of his dog, but I still had to really focus to understand what he was saying, so this is not a book I can read through quickly. I think I will definitely be picking it back up though, because this is a whole new area of science for me.

  • R. Vesna
    2018-09-28 12:47

    The only redeeming part of this book is the interaction between the dog and the physics professor. These are conversations that any true dog person has had on several occasions. The author however should have learned physics prior to writing the book. The physics is extremely poorly explained and often contradictory. If you want to learn about Relativity open up a high school physics textbook.

  • Simon
    2018-10-19 15:58

    Engaging in many ways. Accessible and generally clear explanations. However the concept of teaching to the dog is rather patchy as there are some big slabs of (angaging and accessible) text describing relativity, and then a sometimes forced interaction with the dog.

  • Dana
    2018-10-01 12:49

    Apparently, the author's dog is better at physics than I am. I gave up on this book. It is really cute and well done and I do recommend it to people (and perhaps dogs) who are better at understanding physics that I.

  • Kyrie
    2018-09-22 08:56

    I must not be as smart as a dog. The bits where he's talking with his dog are pretty funny. The actual physics were hard to follow. I never thought I'd write these words, but Stephen Hawking is more understandable.

  • Jt
    2018-09-23 07:56

    I'm pretty sure that after reading this, my dog understands relativity better than I do. I was expecting simplified explanations. Instead, it was fairly complex subject matter interrupted by slightly relevant comments from the dog.

  • December Sunshine
    2018-09-28 14:07

    I've got a feeling the content would have been good if I had been able to look past the writing style... so this rating only reflects my impression of the first couple of chapters, which is as far as I got.

  • Taj
    2018-10-20 13:48

    I can't provide an accurate review as I got lost about halfway through the book and just started skimming. I think for someone with a better underlying grasp of physics it would be an interesting and entertaining read. I place the blame thoroughly on my own shoulders.

  • Richard
    2018-09-23 13:06

    Every so often, as you read this book, your brain leaps out of your head and gibbers to itself. It's a measure of the quality of the writing that you put up with this disturbing experience and return to it once your brain is successfully reattached.

  • Jeff
    2018-10-03 15:58

    Enjoyed the humorous banter between the author and his dog, but most of these physics topics are still over my head, even though I did take AP Physics in high school. I guess some things we'll just never nail down.

  • Georgia
    2018-10-16 08:52

    This book is a great introduction to relativity which keeps you wanting to learn more about physics. Chad's dog, Emmy makes this book funny and enjoyable to read. Relativity has never been so much fun!

  • Chris
    2018-10-02 15:39

    Good overview of relativity. Not as much math as Why Does E=MC^2. But it has a better treatment of things like why gravity effects time and the how the matter we see is only 4% of the total "stuff" in the universe. The dog conversations were funny in places, but they also felt force in places.

  • Anthony Faber
    2018-10-06 12:45

    This one is more accessable to a beginner than "How to teach physics to your dog", but I still wouldn't give it to a beginner.

  • Eric
    2018-10-11 12:40

    As good as his others in the series

  • Helen
    2018-09-20 08:59


  • Ralyn Longs
    2018-10-18 08:43

    The dog is introduced as narrative crutch/to help explain, but having dog-centric examples and analogies didn't do the book any favours. Decent but not a great physics book.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-16 09:51

    As seen on ScienceOnline.

  • Jo
    2018-10-03 08:52

    Read my review on Cannonball Read.