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Relativity The Special and General Theory

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ISBN-10: 0879759798

ISBN-13: 9780879759797

Edition: Unabridged 

Authors: Albert Einstein, Robert W. Lawson

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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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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 6/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 149
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.45" 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…    

Preface
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 [Supplementary to Section 11]
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World") [Supplementary to Section 17]
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
The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity [Supplementary to Section 32]
Relativity and the Problem of Space
Bibliography
Index