The Reality Frame: Relativity and our place in the universe

The Reality Frame: Relativity and our place in the universe

by Brian Clegg

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The Reality Frame: Relativity and our place in the universe by Brian Clegg

Weaving together the great ideas of science, The Reality Frame takes us on a thrilling journey from empty space all the way to the human mind.
Acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg builds up reality piece by piece, from space, to time, to matter, movement, the fundamental forces, life, and the massive transformation that life itself has wrought on the natural world. He reveals that underlying it all is not, as we might believe, a system of immovable absolutes, but the ever-shifting, amorphous world of relativity.
From religion to philosophy, humanity has traditionally sought out absolutes to explain the world around us, but as science has developed, relativity has swept away many of these certainties, leaving only a handful of unchangeable essentials – such as absolute zero, nothingness, light – leading to better science and a new understanding of the essence of being human.
This is an Ascent of Man for the 21st century, the gripping story of modern science that will fill you with wonder and give you a new insight into our place in the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785782145
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 04/06/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 975 KB

About the Author

Science writer Brian Clegg studied physics at Cambridge and specialises in making the strangest aspects of the universe accessible to the general reader. He is editor of popularscience.co.uk and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His previous books include Inflight Science, The Universe Inside You and Science for Life.

Table of Contents

1 Absolute Beginners 1

2 Space 13

3 Stuff 39

4 Time 83

5 Motion 109

6 Gravitation 135

7 Life 181

8 Creativity and Innovation 217

9 Fundamental Relations 257

Appendix: The Special Theory of Relativity for Beginners 279

Notes 287

Further Reading 297

Index 299

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