Are there some easy books about Special Relativity?
I have gone through several books about Special Relativty, but none of them is really helpful. As the problem is within Special Relativity itself, nomatter how hard the authors have tried, they can not make the self-contraditions go away.
Einstein's original paper is very difficult to understand, and the complex mathematical equations can scare most people away. Even for those who are determined to stay, they are greatly distracted by these equations, and cannot concentrate on the basic concepts.
But his "Relativity: The Special and General Theory" is for the general public. He not only gave a much clearer explanation of his reasoning, but also removed most of the mathematical equations. If you are interested, here is the book, which was orginally from Project Gutenberg.