Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Science - 166 pages
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In this famous short book Einstein explains clearly, using the minimum amount of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory which has shaped the world we live in today.Time's 'Man of the Century', Albert Einstein is the unquestioned founder of modern physics. His theory of relativity is the most important scientific idea of the modern era. In this short book Einstein explains, using the minimum of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory which has shaped the world we live in today. Unsurpassed by any subsequent books on relativity, this remains the most popular and useful exposition of Einstein's immense contribution to human knowledge.
 

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A book that can be understood by anyone, starting from high school students. I have read the book for 4 times. once every year since i was 14 years old. Each new reading gave me a new understanding of the book & it's contents. It's written in a way that it can be read and understood in accordance the the level of the reader. A high school student can read it without the need of having much mathematical knowledge. A higher level of mathematics gives the reader a clearer view of the results obtained from some simple derivations - like Lorentz derivation -. 

Contents

Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions
3
The System of Coordinates
6
Space and Time in Classical Mechanics
10
The Galileian System of Coordinates
12
The Principle of Relativity in the Restricted Sense
14
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics
18
The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity
20
On the idea of Time in Physics
23
The General Theory of Relativity
58
The Gravitational Field
65
In what Respects are the Foundations
72
Behaviour of Clocks and MeasuringRods
79
Gaussian Coordinates
87
The SpaceTime Continuum of the General
94
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation
100
Cosmological Difficulties of Newtons Theory
107

The Relativity of Simultaneity
27
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance
30
The Lorentz Transformation
32
The Behaviour of MeasuringRods
37
The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity
44
Experience and the Special Theory
51
The Structure of Space according to
115
Minkowskis Fourdimensional Space
124
c Displacement of Spectral Lines towards
132
Relativity and the Problem of Space
139
BIBLIOGRAPHY
159
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Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Born in Switzerland, died in the USA. Brilliant physicist who received the Nobel Prize in 1921, the same year he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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