Relativity in Curved Spacetime: Life Without Special Relativity

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Chocolate Tree Books, 2007 - Science - 378 pages
Relativity theory has become one of the icons of Twentieth Century science. It's reckoned to be a difficult subject, taught as a layered series of increasingly difficult mathematics and increasingly abstract concepts. We're told that relativity theory is supposed to be this complicated and counter-intuitive. But how much of this historical complexity is really necessary? Can we bypass the interpretations and paradoxes and pseudoparadoxes of Einstein's special theory and jump directly to a deeper and more intuitive description of reality? What if curvature is a fundamental part of physics, and a final theory of relativity shouldn't reduce to Einstein's "flat" 1905 theory //on principle//? "Relativity..." takes us on a whistlestop tour of Twentieth Century physics - from black holes, quantum mechanics, wormholes and the Big Bang to the workings of the human mind, and asks: what would physics look like without special relativity? 394 printed pages, 234156 mm, 200 figures and illustrations, includes bibliography and index

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This book is a disaster. For starters,
Special Relativity for yard apes
Experimental constraints on Special Relativity
Now let's get into the carcass,
1.2 Lightspeed varies
"in a very real physical sense, lightspeed can be said to appear to vary from place to place and from time to time, if provided with a good enough reason."
One doubts adding 360 pages to page 6 is sufficient to contain "a good enough reason."
Phys. Rev. D 81 022003 (2010)
No Lorentz violation
12 - What's Wrong with General Relativity?
Experimental constraints on General Relativity

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A rather good explanation of different phenomenon using descriptive rather than technical terms.


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