Relativity / Edition 2

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Time's 'Man of the Century', Albert Einstein is the unquestioned founder of modern physics. His theory of relativity is the most important scientific idea of the modern era. In this short book
Einstein explains, using the minimum of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory which has shaped the world we live in today. Unsurpassed by any subsequent books on relativity, this remains the most popular and useful exposition of Einstein's immense contribution to human knowledge.

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: 9780415253840
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: SECOND EDITION
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (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

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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