Space: from Euclid to Einstein
by Roy McWeeny
Publisher: Learning Development Institute 2011
Number of pages: 66
This book goes back to the work of the philosophers and astronomers of two thousand years ago; and it extends to that of Einstein, whose work laid the foundations for our present-day ideas about the nature of space itself.
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