Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 24, 2008

byRussell Stannard

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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 andyou 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 iVery Short Introduction/i 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 onour understanding of the universe.

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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 andyou could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be s...

Russell Stannard is Emeritus Professor of Physics at The Open University where for 21 years he headed the Physics Department. A high energy nuclear physicist, he has carried out research at CERN and Geneva, as well as other laboratories in the USA and Europe. Among his awards he has the OBE, he received the Bragg Medal from the Insti...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.28 inPublished:August 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199236224

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Table of Contents

1. Special relativityThe Principle of Relativity and the speed of lightTime dilationThe Twin ParadoxLength contractionLoss of simultaneitySpace-time diagramsFour-dimensional spacetimeThe ultimate speedE=mc22. General RelativityThe Equivalence PrincipleThe effects on time of acceleration and gravityThe bending of lightCurved spaceBlack holesGravitational WavesThe UniverseFurther readingIndex