## Relativity: The Special and the General TheoryRedesigned inside and out to have a fresh, appealing look, this new edition of a classic Crown Trade Paperback is a collection of Einstein's own popular writings on his work and describes the meaning of his main theories in a way virtually everyone can understand. |

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### Contents

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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