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Relativity The Special and General Theory

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ISBN-10: 048641714X

ISBN-13: 9780486417141

Edition: 2001

Authors: Albert Einstein, Robert W. Lawson

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Widely considered the greatest contribution to the philosophy of science, Einstein’s theory of relativity has often been viewed as comprehensible only to highly trained scientists. This book, however, contains the great physicist’s own explanation of both the special and the general theories, written for readers interested in the theory but not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics. Presenting the ideas in their simplest, most intelligible form, this three-part volume outlines the special theory, the general theory, and in a final part, offers considerations on the universe as whole.
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List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Albert Einstein, March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955 Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm. He spent his childhood in Munich where his family owned a small machine shop. By the age of twelve, Einstein had taught himself Euclidean geometry. His family moved to Milan, where he stayed for a year, and he used it as an excuse to drop out of school, which bored him. He finished secondary school in Aarau, Switzerland and entered the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Einstein graduated in 1900, by studying the notes of a classmate since he did not attend his classes out of boredom, again. His teachers did not like him and would not recomend him for a position in the…    

The Special Theory of Relativity
Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions
The System of Co-ordinates
Space and Time in Classical Mechanics
The Galileian System of Co-ordinates
The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense)
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities employed in Classical Mechanics
The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity
On the Idea of Time in Physics
The Relativity of Simultaneity
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance
The Lorentz Transformation
The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion
Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau
The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity
General Results of the Theory
Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space
The General Theory of Relativity
Special and General Principle of Relativity
The Gravitational Field
The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity
In what Respects are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity unsatisfactory?
A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity
Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference
Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum
Gaussian Co-ordinates
The Space-time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity considered as a Euclidean Continuum
The Space-time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity is not a Euclidean Continuum
Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity
Considerations on the Universe as a Whole
Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory
The Possibility of a "Finite" and yet "Unbounded" Universe
The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity
Appendices
Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World") [Supplementary to Section XVII.]
The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity
Motion of the Perihelion of Mercury
Deflection of Light by a Gravitational Field
Displacement of Spectral Lines towards the Red
Bibliography
Index