Relativity Demystified

Paperback | December 23, 2005

byDavid McMahon, Paul Alsing

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In "Relativity Demystified a physicist explains Einstein's theory of relativity in layman's terms, minus heavy-duty discussion or formal mathematics. Author David McMahon gradually builds up readers' practical skills to a point where they can eventually solve real problems in the field of general relativity. The book offers examples that vary in complexity from textbook-like problems to real-world situations from actual current research. "Relativity Demystified also focused on quick definitions and demonstrations of procedures needed to solve problems.

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In "Relativity Demystified a physicist explains Einstein's theory of relativity in layman's terms, minus heavy-duty discussion or formal mathematics. Author David McMahon gradually builds up readers' practical skills to a point where they can eventually solve real problems in the field of general relativity. The book offers examples th...

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LEARN RELATIVITY AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!Now anyone can grasp Einstein's great theory of relativity -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Relativity Demystified, theoretical physicists (and student-savvy authors) David McMahon and Paul Ansing provide an effective, illuminating, and entertaining way to learn the e...

David McMahon works as a researcher at Sandia National Laboratory, a Department of Energy facility. His research involves work on nuclear fusion and the design of nuclear-powered spacecraft. He has a master's degree in physics and a bachelor's in applied mathematics, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He is currentl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 7.2 × 0.96 inPublished:December 23, 2005Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071455450

ISBN - 13:9780071455459

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Mathematical Tools of Relativity

1 Vectors

2 One Forms and Tensors

3 More on Tensors, Tensor Algebra

4 The Metric

5 The Connection

6 Covariant Derivatives

7 Tensor Calculus Continued

8 The Riemann Tensor and other important quantities

9 Tensor Identities, Equations and more important Quantities

10 Killing Vectors

Part Two: The Physics of Relativity

11 Overview of Special Relativity I

12 Overview of Special Relativity II

13 The Basic Structure of General Relativity

14 Schwarzchild Spacetimes Part One

15 Schwarzchild Spacetimes Part Two

16 Introducting Black Holes

17 Black Holes: Part Two

18 Gravitational Radiation

19 Cosmological Models