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,

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.

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 Illustrations     9
Preface     13
Einstein as a Youth     17
The Michelson-Morley Experiment     33
The Ether     35
Michelson     38
The Michelson-Morley Experiment     41
Attempted Explanations     45
Strange Results     46
Special Relativity     47
The Foundations of Special Relativity     49
Consequences of Einstein's Point of View     56
Hey! Where Did All the Mass Come From?     60
Adding Velocities: Two and Two Equals Four...Doesn't It?     62
Maxwell's Theory     64
Energy     64
Waiting for a Reaction     65
Four-Dimensional Space-Time and Time Travel     67
Space-Time Diagrams     69
Time Travel     77
Time Travel and Science Fiction     80
Trip to a Star     81
A Professor at Last     83
General Relativity     85
Inertia and Gravity     87
Einstein as a Professor     91
Professor in a Strange Land     93
Back to Zurich     97
The Big Push     98
To Germany     100
Gravity and Curved Space-Time     103
What is Gravity?     104
The Geometry of Space-Time     105
Spaces with Varying Curvature     109
Einstein's Gravity     110
Tidal Forces     112
Waves of Gravity     115
Gravitational Lenses     118
The Twin Paradox Revisited     118
Testing the Theory     121
Eddington and the 1919 Eclipse     122
Hyperspace     127
The Precession of Mercury's Orbit     128
Clocks in a Gravitational Field     130
Other Theories and Other Tests     134
Tests Using Quasars, Satellites, and Lasers     135
Antigravity     136
Einstein the Celebrity     137
Black Holes and Other Exotic Objects     141
Tunnels in Space     144
Oppie and His Cronies     146
Properties of a Black Hole     150
Are There Other Types of Black Holes?     151
Extraction of Energy     155
Space-Time Diagrams     156
Probing a Black Hole     161
Real Black Holes: The Candidates     163
Mini and Exploding Black Holes      167
Journey Into a Black Hole     169
Time Travel via Wormholes     170
Back to Einstein     173
To the Ends of the Universe     175
More Universes     177
Freidmann     178
The Expanding Universe     180
The Laughing Giant     184
A Competitor     185
Radiation from Everywhere     186
Creation     190
The Forces of Nature     197
Problems of the Big Bang     199
A Lumpy Universe     200
Inflation Theory     202
Fate of the Universe     203
Einstein and Cosmology     205
Searching for the Elusive     207
Working in the Dark     208
Einstein Throws in His Hat     212
What Was the Problem?     215
Final Realization     216
He's Got Guts     218
Stringing Along     220
The Future     223
Quantum Quandary     225
Uncertainty and Reality     230
The EPR Paradox     233
Schrodinger's Cat     235
Bell's Inequality     237
Conclusions      239
Epilogue     241
Notes     247
Glossary     257
Bibliography     269
Index     275

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