Relativity: A Very Short Introduction100 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 spacetime, 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 pocketsized 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. 
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Review: Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #190)
User Review  Paulo  GoodreadsA wonderful, brief, introduction to the very complicated and attimes mindboggling theme of relativity. The book manages to be accessible, without cutting on rigour. This is a very good introduction ... Read full review
Review: Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #190)
User Review  Daniel Wright  GoodreadsRussell Stannard rewrites the first two books of his excellent Uncle Albert series, but for grownups. A clearer introduction to special and general relativity for the intelligent layman you will struggle to find anywhere. Read full review
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