Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 25, 2006 - Science - 208 pages
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According to Einstein himself, this book is intended "to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." When he wrote the book in 1916, Einstein's name was scarcely known outside the physics institutes. Having just completed his masterpiece, The General Theory of Relativity—which provided a brand-new theory of gravity and promised a new perspective on the cosmos as a whole—he set out at once to share his excitement with as wide a public as possible in this popular and accessible book.

First time in Penguin Classics
New introduction by bestselling science author Nigel Calder

  

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it is a really cool book. a nice read that explains such interesting ideas. I will have to re-read it to understand it, so as not to shit on the subject. BUT: the twin experiement. two twins with two ... Read full review

Contents

EINSTEINS FIRST THIRTYSEVEN YEARS
SPACE TIME AND LIGHT ALONG A RAILROAD
THE CONSTANT SPEED OF LIGHT
TIME BECOMES SLIPPERY
MASS AND ENERGY
ONWARD TO GENERAL RELATIVITY
GRAVITY BENDS LIGHT
COMING CLEAN ABOUT THE SPEED OF LIGHT
C DISPLACEMENT OF SPECTRAL LINES TOWARDS THE RED
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SLITHERING IN SPACETIME
IMPROVING ON NEWTON
A COSMOLOGICAL SKETCH
GENERAL RELATIVITY STILL THRIVES
A MOTION OF THE PERIHELION OF MERCURY
B DEFLECTION OF LIGHT BY A GRAVITATIONAL FIELD
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Albert Einstein (1879–1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk.


Nigel Calder, educated as a physicist at Cambridge University, began his full-time writing career on the original staff of New Scientist magazine. His most recent book is the bestselling Einstein's Universe.

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk.


Nigel Calder, educated as a physicist at Cambridge University, began his full-time writing career on the original staff of New Scientist magazine. His most recent book is the bestselling Einstein's Universe.

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