Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Jul 24, 2008 - Science - 128 pages
15 Reviews
100 years ago, Einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. Our comforting Newtonian ideas of space and time were replaced by bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: if you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up and you get heavier; travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be squashed thinner than a CD without feeling a thing - and live for ever. And that was just the Special Theory. With the General Theory came even stranger ideas of curved space-time, and changed our understanding of gravity and the cosmos. This authoritative and entertaining Very Short Introduction makes the theory of relativity accessible and understandable. Using very little mathematics, Russell Stannard explains the important concepts of relativity, from E=mc2 to black holes, and explores the theory's impact on science and on our understanding of the universe. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
5
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
1

Review: Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

I liked that the book is a concise overview of both special and general relativity. Most importantly, it takes today's understanding of particle physics and cosmology and shows how our understanding of relativity helped shape it. Read full review

Review: Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Shane Hall - Goodreads

Like others in Oxford's VSI series, you need to be able to keep up if you're going to take away an understanding of the subject. That being said, Stannard presents Relativity clearly and well from the ... Read full review

Related books

Contents

1 Special relativity
1
2 General relativity
43
Further reading
110

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information