Relativity and Common Sense: A New Approach to Einstein

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This radically reoriented and popular presentation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity derives its concepts from Newtonian ideas rather than by opposing them. Sir Hermann Bondi explains the concepts of force, momentum, rotation, sound, and light and their relation to velocity. He then demonstrates that time is relative rather than absolute, that high speeds affect the nature of time, and that acceleration affects speed, time, and mass. Very little mathematics is required, ...
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Overview


This radically reoriented and popular presentation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity derives its concepts from Newtonian ideas rather than by opposing them. Sir Hermann Bondi explains the concepts of force, momentum, rotation, sound, and light and their relation to velocity. He then demonstrates that time is relative rather than absolute, that high speeds affect the nature of time, and that acceleration affects speed, time, and mass. Very little mathematics is required, and 60 illustrations augment the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486240213
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

I. "ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS"
    The Concept of Force
    The Evaluation of Acceleration
    The Unity of Physics
II. MOMENTUM
    The Motion of a System of Bodies
    The Momentum of an Airplane
    The Irrelevance of Velocity
III. ROTATION
    Measurement of the Earth's Rotation
    The Coriolis Effect
    The Movement of Winds
    Angular Momentum and Angular Velocity
    Dropping a Cat
IV. LIGHT
    Faraday and the Polarization of Light
    Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Theory of Light
    Using Radar to Measure Distance
    The Units of Distance
    The Velocity of Light
V. PROPAGATION OF SOUND WAVES
    The Doppler Shift-The Sonic Boom
VI. THE UNIQUENESS OF LIGHT
    A Hypothetical Ether
    The Absurdity of the Ether Concept
    Measuring Velocity
    The Michelson-Morley Experiment
VII. ON COMMON SENSE
    The Experience of Everyday Life
    Time: A Private Matter
    "The "Route-Dependence" of Time"
VIII. THE NATURE OF TIME
    The Peculiarities of High Speeds
    The Relationships of Inertial and Moving Observers
    A More Complicated Situation
    Relativity Explains a Supposed Discrepancy
    The Value of k: A Fundamental Ratio
IX. VELOCITY
    Einstein's Long Trains
    Determining Relative Velocities by the Radar Method
    The Relationship between k and v
    Velocity Composition
    Proper Speed
    The Unique Character of Light
X. COORDINATES AND THE LORENTZ TRANSFORMATION
    The Meaning of Coordinates
    Rotation of Axes
    The Lorentz Transformation
    Four Dimensions
    Application of the Lorentz Transformation
    The Aberration of Light
XI. FASTER THAN LIGHT?
    Cause and Effect
    Simultaneity of Spatially Separated Events
    Past and Future: Absolute and Relative
    The Light Cone
XII. ACCELERATION
    Acceleration and Clocks
    "The Twin "Paradox"
    How Far Can We Travel in Space?
XIII. PUTTING ON MASS
    The Stretching of Time
    Increasing Mass
    Accelerating Protons
    Einstein's Equation
    Theory and Observation
  INDEX
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