A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity

A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity

by Peter Collier
     
 

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Based on the notion of four-dimensional spacetime, Einstein's theories of special and general relativity together form a cornerstone of modern physics. With numerous fully solved problems and clear derivations and explanations, this book is aimed at the enthusiastic general reader who wants to move beyond maths-lite popularisations and tackle the essential mathematics… See more details below

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Based on the notion of four-dimensional spacetime, Einstein's theories of special and general relativity together form a cornerstone of modern physics. With numerous fully solved problems and clear derivations and explanations, this book is aimed at the enthusiastic general reader who wants to move beyond maths-lite popularisations and tackle the essential mathematics of this fascinating theory. For those with minimal mathematical background, the first chapter provides a crash course in foundation mathematics. The reader is then taken gently by the hand and guided through a wide range of fundamental topics, including Newtonian mechanics; the Lorentz transformations; tensor calculus; the Schwarzschild solution; simple black holes; dark energy and the cosmological constant; and the Friedmann equations and Friedmann-Robertson-Walker cosmological models. Understand even the basics of Einstein's amazing theory and the world will never seem the same again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780957389434
Publisher:
Incomprehensible Books
Publication date:
06/30/2014
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
468,333
File size:
6 MB

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