What is a layperson's statement on the theory of relativity

"Einstein's work of the century"The theory of relativity explained graphically

The theory of relativity is well known as the work of the genius of Albert Einstein. Hardly anyone knows what to do with terms such as relativity or the curvature of space. The physicist Thomas Bührke opens the door a crack so that non-physicists can risk a look at this strange world.

So he explains in a comprehensible way how Albert Einstein overcomes this based on Newton's physics. He turns our everyday world, as Newton describes it, into a special case of more comprehensive physics with which the whole universe can be described and calculated. Time is no longer linear and space is no longer a fixed coordinate system. Gravity as we know it turns from an unknown force that keeps us on the ground to a property of space and time. Matter bends space, forcing the moon into its orbit. So there are no invisible lines of force that hold the moon in the sky, but the space around the earth is dented like a rubber blanket. And the moon runs around the earth in a kind of hollow.

Constant doubt

Thomas Bührke introduces his readers to Einstein's world of thought through pictorial descriptions. He shows that the general theory of relativity by no means only arose from the brain of a brilliant loner and is only accessible to a few specialists. Many of Einstein's contemporaries looked for explanations for connections that were not understood, and in the process experienced far more disappointments and setbacks than breakthroughs. Constant doubts repeatedly questioned the findings of Einstein and his colleagues. Physicists were constantly looking for thought experiments or observations that would confirm or refute the new theory.

Thomas Bührke chooses a simple language and is not afraid to explain abstract thoughts in new and different ways over and over again. In doing so, he does not neglect mathematical backgrounds. Clearly, it is information about entertainment, and not every sentence is easy to understand. While reading, the layman has to turn back again and again. But if you enjoy abstract thinking and want to understand the theory of relativity and its effects on science and art, you will learn a lot of new things and will at least understand some things better. You have to be amazed and read away at other things.

Thomas Bührke: "Einstein's work of the century. The story of a formula." dtv premium Verlag, 280 pages, 16.90 euros, ISBN: 978-3423260527.