Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed In Everyday Language

Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed In Everyday Language

by Ira Mark Egdall


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'Outstanding Academic Title for 2014' by CHOICEEinstein Relatively Simple brings together for the first time an exceptionally clear explanation of both special and general relativity. It is for people who always wanted to understand Einstein's ideas but never thought they could.Told with humor, enthusiasm, and rare clarity, this entertaining book reveals how a former high school drop-out revolutionized our understanding of space and time. From E=mc2 and everyday time travel to black holes and the big bang, Einstein Relatively Simple takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on a mind-boggling journey through the depths of Einstein's universe. Along the way, we track Einstein through the perils and triumphs of his life — follow his thinking, his logic, and his insights — and chronicle the audacity, imagination, and sheer genius of the man recognized as the greatest scientist of the modern era.In Part I on special relativity we learn how time slows and space shrinks with motion, and how mass and energy are equivalent. Part II on general relativity reveals a cosmos where black holes trap light and stop time, where wormholes form gravitational time machines, where space itself is continually expanding, and where some 13.7 billion years ago our universe was born in the ultimate cosmic event — the Big Bang.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814525596
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 472,460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Special Relativity: The Newton—Maxwell Conflict; Einstein's Light and Relativity Postulates; How Time Slows and Space Shrinks with Motion; Simultaneity; The Equivalence of Mass and Energy Per E=mc2; The Unification of Space and Time in the Spacetime Interval; The Twins Paradox; General Relativity: The Equivalence Principle; Gravitational Time Dilation; Ehrenfest's Paradox; The Warping of Time and Space; Time Travel; Local and Global Gravity; Spacetime Curvature; The Einstein Equation; Black Holes; Gravitational Lensing; Gravity Waves; Frame Dragging; Wormholes; The Expansion of the Universe; The Big Bang; Cosmic Inflation; Dark Matter; Dark Energy; The Future of the Universe.

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Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not my choice when it comes to reading books. I'm more into historical fiction. That is why my favorite part of the book is how Mark weaves the history with the actual science. Einstein's life was quite unique. If the subject on the universe intrigues you I know you will find this book both entertaining and educational. The fanciful stories with the cartoon like characters will keep you interested while you slowly learn to understand the theories. Just in case you are interested, there are shaded grey areas containing math equations throughout the book to satisfy the mathematicians who want to correlate the math with the physics. If you choose to skip these it is solely up to you. I believe Mark has a knack for taking a complicated subject and making it almost seem easy. If you want to expand your knowledge and have fun doing it this book will accomplish that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark has taken on the task of explaining some very difficult theories that somehow were discovered by this genius of a man Albert Einstein in the early 1900's. Mark has added humor and simplicity including stick figures. Believe it or not it was those figures that helped me the most to gather an understanding on a very complex and difficult subject matter; the speed of light. Making it understandable to the non scientist like me. In fact I think it would make an excellent text book for students. The speed of light is not a subject you grasp quickly. A student loses interest and done. With Mark's humor and simplistic approach maybe more students will say "Let's keep going" or even better "I got it".
AdriLisa More than 1 year ago
Einstein Relatively Simple by Ira Mark Egdall is being written to tell Einstein’s story with the uses of Analogies and real-life examples. We all heard of Einstein’s – genius – right? Now, the history behind the science and the fame behind physics are explained. All that is described in part is possibly very small but as a whole is quite significant since it turned out be revolutionary. Einstein is a theoretical physicist and IM Egdall goes on saying that Einstein was aware of the conflict between Newton and Maxwell. What is Einstein experimenting on? Looks like equations. Space and it’s shrinking of time. Muons? What is that? It is fascinating to read how IM Egdall puts it all together, a rain of muons is pouring down on us from Earth’s upper atmosphere.  It seems that a muons detector does exist.  Muons have a short life but they are equipped with time dilation. (wish that would happen to me) It is also interesting to see and read on page 71, summary of speed light. Figure 6.4 gives clear indication that motion is relative. Many interesting points can be seen here. I would call it a book of reference and would say that it is quite interesting. Newton is not always right and Einstein finds the equations while Spacetime is being scrutinized.  I like Einstein’s Dream around the sun. Very informative full of “works” of geniuses we just don’t capture in on single book. I do recommend for YA and up.  Adriana LG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been known for my scientific know-how. In fact, I took Science Double-Award at GCSE level, which meant I only took chemistry and biology. Poor physics disappeared from my curriculum at an early age.  It's amazing how certain things that never interested me in school, interest me now.  This book is very well written. He doesn't patronise you as he breaks everything down into easy to digest bite size pieces, with all the jargon explained. He builds theories on top of each other, reinforcing the earlier ones instead of leaving them fall into the recesses of your mind.  Before I knew it I was flying through jargon that would have had me stumped before hand. I now have a working understanding of physics! How did that happen? My favourite element of his book is how he uses funny stories and helpful diagrams to paint a picture that is impossible not to understand. I loved the crazy characters he created to make a point, from Crash and Steady Eddie to the Zaslaw twins, and one of the diagrams that I don't think will ever leave me, is how an 18ft pole can fit into a 10ft barn! I knew who Einstein was, let's face it, who doesn't? But, I had no idea who Lorentz was, or many of the other important figures brought up in this book!  So, I followed Einstein through his Childhood education, his ups and downs in the work place, through to his successes as his theories shook the world. I learnt that Einstein put his signature on a counter-manifesto calling for peace, which only four others signed, and of his involvement in the creation of the first atomic bomb.  But, I also met "an unpaid lab assistant, a former law student and Spanish teacher, a former janitor, a brilliant Russian mathematician, a Catholic priest, [and] a jokester physicist" without whom the Big Bang Theory would not exist. I highly recommend that you invest your time in this book! Amaze your friends and family with your newfound knowledge, because I certainly have!