Richard Schlegel, a physicist, wrote, "We study the liberal arts because we are trying to answer certain haunting, fundamental questions... [I suggest] that physics is the most important of the liberal arts."
With a modest investment of time and effort, any liberal arts student can develop an understanding of relativity – not merely an acquaintance with it – just as he or she develops insight into the history of the French Revolution and the religious thought of Far Eastern Civilizations.
The physicists who, in 1948, started the journal Physics Today likewise believed that, as the founding editor, David Katcher, put it, "... there is a vast body of educated citizenry walled off from an understanding of physics by its terminology and its disciplines. They are aware of its impact and would like to peer into its depths, be it for curiosity, a feeling that it may have an 'answer' of some sort, or simply because it makes them uncomfortable to have something important go rumbling on outside their ken."
If you'd like to "peer into the depths" for a bit, this book is intended to give you the chance.
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