What Is Relativity

Bennett carefully avoids bombastic statements and “spectacularization” of the subject.” —Alberto Nicolis, Columbia University “I have read lots of introductions to relativity, but none is as clear and compelling as this one.” ...

What Is Relativity

What Is Relativity

A renowned astrophysicist’s approachable introduction to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and its application in our daily lives. It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole. The theory of relativity reveals the speed of light as the cosmic speed limit, the mind-bending ideas of time dilation and curvature of spacetime, and what may be the most famous equation in history: E = mc2. Indeed, the theory of relativity shapes much of our modern understanding of the universe. It is not “just a theory”―every major prediction of relativity has been tested to exquisite precision, and its practical applications include the Global Positioning System (GPS). Amply illustrated and written in clear, accessible prose, Bennett's book proves anyone can grasp the basics of Einstein's ideas. His intuitive, nonmathematical approach gives a wide audience its first real taste of how relativity works and why it is so important to science and the way we view ourselves as human beings. “Well-written and uniquely readable . . . Bennett carefully avoids bombastic statements and “spectacularization” of the subject.” —Alberto Nicolis, Columbia University “I have read lots of introductions to relativity, but none is as clear and compelling as this one.” —Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

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What Is Relativity?
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Jeffrey Bennett
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-04 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

A renowned astrophysicist’s approachable introduction to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and its application in our daily lives. It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist
What Is Relativity?
Language: en
Pages: 80
Authors: L. D. Landau, G. B. Rumer
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-23 - Publisher: Courier Corporation

Written by a Nobel Prize physicist and his colleague, this compelling book uses familiar objects (trains, rulers, clocks) to illuminate the more subtle aspects of relativity. 23 illustrations. 1959 edition.
What Is Relativity?
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Jeffrey Bennett
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-02-25 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

An astrophysicist offers an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories, explaining how well they have held up to rigorous testing over the years, and even describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip through a black hole.
What Is the Theory of Relativity
Language: en
Pages: 64
Authors: L. Landau, Yu Rumer
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-05-01 - Publisher:

Originally published in the Soviet Union for use in schools in India, this introduction to the theory of relativity covers all the fundamentals is a meaningful and understandable way.
Relativity
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Albert Einstein, Robert W. Lawson
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-01-01 - Publisher: Courier Corporation

This book contains the great physicist's own explanation of both the special and general theories of relativity. Written for readers interested in the theory but not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics, it presents the ideas in their simplest, most intelligible form.

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