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It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity
     

It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity

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by N. David Mermin
 

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ISBN-10: 0691122016

ISBN-13: 9780691122014

Pub. Date: 09/12/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In It's About Time, N. David Mermin asserts that relativity ought to be an important part of everyone's education—after all, it is largely about time, a subject with which all are familiar. The book reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously

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In It's About Time, N. David Mermin asserts that relativity ought to be an important part of everyone's education—after all, it is largely about time, a subject with which all are familiar. The book reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously explained without advanced mathematics. This readable exposition of the nature of time as addressed in Einstein's theory of relativity is accessible to anyone who remembers a little high school algebra and elementary plane geometry.

The book evolved as Mermin taught the subject to diverse groups of undergraduates at Cornell University, none of them science majors, over three and a half decades. Mermin's approach is imaginative, yet accurate and complete. Clear, lively, and informal, the book will appeal to intellectually curious readers of all kinds, including even professional physicists, who will be intrigued by its highly original approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691122014
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/12/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.77(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Another Relativity Book ix

Note to Readers xiv

Chapter One: The Principle of Relativity 1

Chapter Two: Combining (Small)Velocities 14

Chapter Three: The Speed of Light 19

Chapter Four: Combining (Any)Velocities 28

Chapter Five: Simultaneous Events;Synchronized Clocks 45

Chapter Six: Moving Clocks Run Slowly;Moving Sticks Shrink 58

Chapter Seven: Looking At a Moving Clock 73

Chapter Eight: The Interval between Events 79

Chapter Nine: Trains of Rockets 89

Chapter Ten: Space-Time Geometry 102

Chapter Eleven: E =M2 144

Chapter Twelve: A Bit about General Relativity 171

Chapter Thirteen: What Makes It Happen? 179

Index 187

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It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book is good, too much of it is unreadable because mathematical symbols interspersed with the text have been turned into flyspeck images. And the nook reader now lacks zoom capabilities, so large parts of the book are in effect unreadable and incomprehensible.