Relativity

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Redesigned inside and out to have a fresh, appealing look, this new edition of a classic Crown Trade Paperback is a collection of Einstein's own popular writings on his work and describes the meaning of his main theories in a way virtually everyone can understand.

Einstein explains his own theory in simple and accessible terms.

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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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Overview

Redesigned inside and out to have a fresh, appealing look, this new edition of a classic Crown Trade Paperback is a collection of Einstein's own popular writings on his work and describes the meaning of his main theories in a way virtually everyone can understand.

Einstein explains his own theory in simple and accessible terms.

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He was unfathomably profound - the genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780554369327
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Born in Switzerland, died in the USA. Brilliant physicist who received the Nobel Prize in 1921, the same year he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Special Theory of Relativity
1 Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions 3
2 The System of Co-ordinates 6
3 Space and Time in Classical Mechanics 10
4 The Galileian System of Co-ordinates 12
5 The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense) 14
6 The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics 18
7 The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity 20
8 On the Idea of Time in Physics 23
9 The Relativity of Simultaneity 27
10 On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance 30
11 The Lorentz Transformation 32
12 The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion 37
13 Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau 40
14 The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity 44
15 General Results of the Theory 46
16 Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity 51
17 Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space 56
Pt. II The General Theory of Relativity
18 Special and General Principle of Relativity 61
19 The Gravitational Field 65
20 The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity 68
21 In what Respects are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory? 72
22 A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity 75
23 Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference 79
24 Euclidean and non-Euclidean Continuum 83
25 Gaussian Co-ordinates 87
26 The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum 91
27 The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity is not a Euclidean Continuum 94
28 Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity 97
29 The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity 100
Pt. III Considerations on the Universe as a Whole
30 Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory 107
31 The Possibility to a "Finite" and yet "Unbounded" Universe 110
32 The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity 115
App. 1 Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation [Supplementary to Section 11] 117
App. 2 Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World") [Supplementary to Section 17] 124
App. 3 The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity 126
App. 4 The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity [Supplementary to Section 32] 136
App. 5 Relativity and the Problem of Space 139
Bibliography 159
Index 161
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    This book made Relativity intuitive.

    Six years of college physics courses never made relativity intuitively understandable for me. Academic texts concentrate on mathematical descriptions, manipulations and proofs to present theories. Einstein, in simple text, leads us through his very logical and understandable thought process, which led him to the relativity theories. I could manipulate the mathematics of relativity and come up with answers but never really had an intuitive feel for what really is going on till I read this book. I only wish I had read this first before plowing through graduate physics courses. The only other book I have ever read that was more enlightening was the Bible.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Bad conversion to e-book.

    Would have probably been a good read, but the equations are all missing.

    Everywhere you expect to see an equation, is a tag that says:

    eq. 'n': file eq'n'.gif

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    fatally flawed version - equations missing.

    While this is obviously an excellent book that everyone should have to read at some point in their life, this version suffers---as others have warned---from a glitch that fails to print the majority of the equations. DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION, find a complete version somewhere else.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    do not be content with just this book

    I hate bashing titles-- especially someone with as great an intellect as A. Einstein, but I would rather those wanting to learn about relativity not take the short road nor try to learn it half way. This book is no way an introduction of any sort. It's that snack that ruins the dinner. Herman Weyl's Space-Time-Matter is a difficult book to follow, but there is enough philosophy there to hold your attention. Many times we focus on Einstein as a person when we should be more interested in the theory-- especially the general theory.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Couldnt

    Understand anything.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A Handbook for Relativity

    Absolutely essential for the millenium.The door,the lock,and the key for theoretical physics.It opens a window,for the layman,about his options in the real world.'May it provide someone with a few hours of suggestive thought'..mfd

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    equations missing

    equations missing on android. Don't spend a penny on this version; get it free (with equations) as an android play store book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Difficult to enjoy

    Text conversion fail. Spend enough time translating to lose the author... not good for this kind of book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Equations do not render (references a .gif file) on PC app or on

    Equations do not render (references a .gif file) on PC app or on the Nook Glowlight

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    This is a very good book. Just got it yesterday and I'm already

    This is a very good book. Just got it yesterday and I'm already about halfway done. I dearly recommend this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Hard to read

    Text conversion failed horribly , unable to get over mispelled words

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    ?

    I love him

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    How could you not give this 5 stars?!

    Seriously. Read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Fascinating, as new today as it was when written

    An excellent start for those who are interested in relativity. Would be an excellent book for science teachers in high school to discuss with their students.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    Amazing and easy-to-read!

    I found this fascinating. This is not written for those with a PhD. It is technical, but understandable and compelling. The reason I include it on this list is twofold:

    * It is a great example of perspective and reevaluating what you think to be true
    * It is also a great example of taking a complicated or very different idea and logically walking the reader through the reasoning to an inevitable conclusion.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Interesting to read Albert Einsteins own (translated) words.

    This book avoids the mathematics required for a complete grasp of the subject. Without the more advanced mathematics necessary for a complete understanding of this subject, I must be satisfied with trying to understand the basics of the theory. A few current books advance a few steps forward in explaining relativity subjects. Nevertheless it is very interesting to read Einsteins own explanation of relativity.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Surprisingly well-written.

    Though this treatise deals with a difficult subject, Einstein gains obvious benefit from his background as a teacher. A bit redundant, and at times overly reliant on quantification and graphical representation of research findings, I would still recommend. A good primer for early astrophysics research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    Superb

    This book makes you wonder. This man was such a genius. How could one comprehedn such amazing things? Well this book is sure a good way to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Timeless

    I first read this tome in the Perth Amboy library in 1966 while I was studying physics and calculus in honors high school. I still remember the "eureka!" effect of understanding both the verbal and mathmatical exposition of Einsein's work. It was a special treat to hear it in the words of this persistent genius. It still gives relevance to theory and math concepts for me which is why at 53 I've come looking for it again. The biggest tiny book I've ever read and understood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    GREAT!

    Albert Einstein was a very smart person and his books are great!

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