Relativity: The Special and General Theory / Edition 1

Relativity: The Special and General Theory / Edition 1

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by Albert Einstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879759798

ISBN-13: 9780879759797

Pub. Date: 06/28/1995

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Albert Einstein (1879-1955), pacifist and humanitarian, has been universally acclaimed the greatest theoretical physicist who ever lived. Adapting the old laws of physics to Einstein's space-time resulted in "relativistic" physics. He, more than anyone else, realized that every physical theory is largely an invention of the mind, a mathematical model used to "mimic" a…  See more details below

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955), pacifist and humanitarian, has been universally acclaimed the greatest theoretical physicist who ever lived. Adapting the old laws of physics to Einstein's space-time resulted in "relativistic" physics. He, more than anyone else, realized that every physical theory is largely an invention of the mind, a mathematical model used to "mimic" a certain domain of experimental facts. Einstein's work on relativity is indeed the greatest contribution to the philosophy of science.

It has long been thought that only a handful of scientists could comprehend Einstein's theory of relativity. But in this book the inventor himself explains both the special and the general theories in terms that the layman can understand.

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ISBN-13:
9780879759797
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Great Minds Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IThe Special Theory of Relativity
1Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions3
2The System of Co-ordinates6
3Space and Time in Classical Mechanics10
4The Galileian System of Co-ordinates12
5The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense)14
6The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics18
7The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity20
8On the Idea of Time in Physics23
9The Relativity of Simultaneity27
10On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance30
11The Lorentz Transformation32
12The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion37
13Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau40
14The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity44
15General Results of the Theory46
16Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity51
17Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space56
Pt. IIThe General Theory of Relativity
18Special and General Principle of Relativity61
19The Gravitational Field65
20The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity68
21In what Respects are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?72
22A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity75
23Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference79
24Euclidean and non-Euclidean Continuum83
25Gaussian Co-ordinates87
26The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum91
27The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity is not a Euclidean Continuum94
28Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity97
29The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity100
Pt. IIIConsiderations on the Universe as a Whole
30Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory107
31The Possibility to a "Finite" and yet "Unbounded" Universe110
32The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity115
App. 1Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation [Supplementary to Section 11]117
App. 2Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World") [Supplementary to Section 17]124
App. 3The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity126
App. 4The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity [Supplementary to Section 32]136
App. 5Relativity and the Problem of Space139
Bibliography159
Index161

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Baildog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book really helped me with my project. It gave me so many details.
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Understand anything.
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Text conversion fail. Spend enough time translating to lose the author... not good for this kind of book.
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