Relativity: The Special and General Theory / Edition 1

Relativity: The Special and General Theory / Edition 1

by Albert Einstein, Robert W. Lawson
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ISBN-10:
0879759798
ISBN-13:
9780879759797
Pub. Date:
06/28/1995
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
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Relativity: The Special and General Theory / Edition 1

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)

Table of Contents


Introduction     viii
Preface     xiii
The Special Theory of Relativity
Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions     15
The System of Co-ordinates     17
Space and Time in Classical Mechanics     20
The Galilean System of Co-ordinates     22
The Principle of Relativity in the Restricted Sense     23
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics     25
The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity     26
On the Idea of Time in Physics     28
The Relativity of Simultaneity     31
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance     33
The Lorentz Transformation     34
The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion     38
Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau     40
The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity     43
General Results of the Theory     44
Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity     48
Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space     52
The General Theory of Relativity
Special and General Principle of Relativity     55
The Gravitational Field     58
The Equality of Inertial andGravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity     60
In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?     63
A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity     65
Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference     68
Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum     71
Gaussian Co-ordinates     74
The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum     77
The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is Not a Euclidean Continuum     79
Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity     81
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity     83
Considerations on the Universe as a Whole
Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory     87
The Possibility of a "Finite" and yet "Unbounded" Universe     89
The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity     92
Appendixes
Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation (Supplementary to Section 11)     95
Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space ("World") (Supplementary to Section 17)     99
The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity     101

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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
Pants on porpoises res one and for part two go to ghj res one
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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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