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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

The Dutch programme at the International Book Fair in Beijing was cunn... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Dear Dutch publishers. The book fair is over. Perhaps you’ll now... >>> read more

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

The days are full and long. We are incessantly bombarded with impressi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Arriving on the stand on the first day, I’d asked a Chinese visi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Big excitement today since we were finally meeting with Songyu from Fl... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The traffic in Beijing is horrendous, I’m sure the other blogger... >>> read more

Thomas Möhlmann

Thomas Möhlmann, Staff member Dutch Foundation for Literature

What an evening the poets and the approximately 200 onlookers present ... >>> read more

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

It’s now the third day, and the first one with plenty of sun. Un... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

What a great opportunity to learn about the Dutch literature for Chine... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

A duck flies to and fro over the vast expanses of world ocean, despera... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

‘In the era of browsing, we provide reading.’ - Slogan see... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The jewel in the crown of our collection of Arbeiderspers titles publi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The Chinese publishers I have met during the course of my career, the ... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

I have so far never been to a book fair. Nor do I know what to imagine... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Since 2006, I began writing about the Netherlands’ performance a... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

Now that the fair is just round the corner, this is perhaps the moment... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

In two weeks’ time, the official opening of one of the largest b... >>> read more

Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr, Dutch poet

Ramsey Nasr (b. 1974, Rotterdam) is a poet and author, actor and direc... >>> read more


Sander Bais

Sander Bais

  • Kai Kang in conversation with Salomon Kroonenberg and Sander Bais
    Date: Wed 31 August Time: 02.00 pm Venue: BIBF
  • Café Amsterdam IV: 'The importance of being curious'
    Date: Sat 3 September Time: 7:30 pm Venue: le Café, UCCA

Life and work

Sander Bais (b.1945) is a Dutch physical scientist. In 1971 Bais got his bachelor degree (Physics) in TU Delft in the Netherlands. In 1973 he finished his master (Appl. Physics) and in 1977 he obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz and SLAC. He subsequently held research positions at the Universities of Pennsylvania, and Leuven, at CERN (Geneva) and the University of Utrecht. After an appointment in Leiden he became a full professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1985.

Sander Bais has always been a critical participant in general discussions on science, society and education. He delivered the 2004 Etty Hillesum Lecture on Science and Culture. He has written two books in which he conveys key principles of theoretical physics to a broad audience. The first is called The Equations: Icons of Knowledge and is about the fundamental equations of physics and their interrelationships (Harvard University Press, 2005), it has been translated in 8 languages. The second book is entitled Very special relativity: An illustrated guide and concerns an entirely geometric introduction to Einstein’s theory of special relativity (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Very special relativity: An illustrated guide

Bais’ previous book, The Equations, was widely read and roundly praised for its clear and commonsense explanation of the math in physics. Very Special Relativity brings the same accessible approach to Einstein s theory. Using a series of easy-to-follow diagrams and employing only elementary high school geometry, Bais conducts readers through the quirks and quandaries of such fundamental concepts as simultaneity, causality, and time dilation. The diagrams also illustrate the difference between the Newtonian view, in which time was universal, and the Einsteinian, in which the speed of light is universal.

Following Bais’s straightforward sequence of simple, commonsense arguments, readers can tinker with the theory and its great paradoxes and, finally, arrive at a truly deep understanding of Einstein s interpretation of space and time. An intellectual journey into the heart of the Special Theory, the book offers an intimate look at the terms and ideas that define our reality.

Translation in Chinese

  • Bais, Sander. [Tujie aiyinsitan xiangduilun] Complex Chinese. Translated from English by Kuanyu FU. Taiwan: wunan, 2009. ISBN: 9789571156705.

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