It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity

It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity

by N. David Mermin
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It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity by N. David Mermin

In It's About Time, N. David Mermin asserts that relativity ought to be an important part of everyone's education--after all, it is largely about time, a subject with which all are familiar. The book reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously explained without advanced mathematics. This readable exposition of the nature of time as addressed in Einstein's theory of relativity is accessible to anyone who remembers a little high school algebra and elementary plane geometry.

The book evolved as Mermin taught the subject to diverse groups of undergraduates at Cornell University, none of them science majors, over three and a half decades. Mermin's approach is imaginative, yet accurate and complete. Clear, lively, and informal, the book will appeal to intellectually curious readers of all kinds, including even professional physicists, who will be intrigued by its highly original approach.

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ISBN-13: 9781400830848
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/06/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 732,730
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

N. David Mermin is a theoretical physicist who has worked in solid state physics, low temperature physics, statistical physics, crystallography, and foundations of quantum mechanics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and won the first Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical society for "his remarkable clarity and wit as a lecturer to nonspecialists on difficult subjects." His books include Solid State Physics, Boojums All the Way Through, and Space and Time in Special Relativity.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book is good, too much of it is unreadable because mathematical symbols interspersed with the text have been turned into flyspeck images. And the nook reader now lacks zoom capabilities, so large parts of the book are in effect unreadable and incomprehensible.