Einstein's Brainchild: Relativity Made Relatively Easy!

Einstein's Brainchild: Relativity Made Relatively Easy!

by Barry R. Parker, Lori Scoffield-Beer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573928577

ISBN-13: 9781573928571

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Prometheus Books

In 2000, Time magazine named Albert Einstein "Person of the Century." Given the ongoing interest in Einstein's enduring contributions to science, physicist and popular science writer Barry Parker has dedicated this accessible book to explaining in the clearest possible terms the meaning and beauty of Einstein's theories.

While tracing the story of Einstein's life,

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Overview

In 2000, Time magazine named Albert Einstein "Person of the Century." Given the ongoing interest in Einstein's enduring contributions to science, physicist and popular science writer Barry Parker has dedicated this accessible book to explaining in the clearest possible terms the meaning and beauty of Einstein's theories.

While tracing the story of Einstein's life, Parker seizes on the crucial groundbreaking theories that Einstein envisioned. Not since Isaac Newton had anyone conceived the universe in such a revolutionary, startling new way. Through Parker's eloquence, eye for detail, and clever use of Einsteinian cartoons and vivid illustrations, he enables the reader to see and appreciate for perhaps the first time the full meaning and scope of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity. Parker then guides the reader to the next step in Einstein's revelations: the possibility of time travel. In exploring the fascinating implications of Einstein's thought, Parker treats us to the experience of discovering a black hole, traversing curved spacetime, and greeting our much younger twin who has just returned from a long and arduous spaceflight.

Parker's incomparable gift for language captures Einstein's uniqueness, singular brilliance, and stunning theories, while helping lay readers to understand why so many consider Einstein to be the greatest scientist who ever lived.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573928571
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations9
Preface13
1Einstein as a Youth17
2The Michelson-Morley Experiment33
3Special Relativity47
4Four-Dimensional Space-Time and Time Travel67
5General Relativity85
6Gravity and Curved Space-Time103
7Testing the Theory121
8Black Holes and Other Exotic Objects141
9To the Ends of the Universe175
10Searching for the Elusive207
11Quantum Quandary225
12Epilogue241
Notes247
Glossary257
Bibliography269
Index275

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