The Wonderful World of Relativity: A precise guide for the general reader

Hardcover | October 17, 2011

byAndrew Steane

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This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It brings to life the excitement of this fascinating subject, for an audience including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern physics. It is different fromexisting books in that is uses many diagrams and simple equations (the reader is carefully guided through them), and richly rewards the reader with beautiful mathematical and physical insights. It begins by introducing spacetime, in the familiar context of low velocities. It then shows howEinstein's theory forces us to understand time in a new way. Paradoxes and puzzles are introduced and resolved, and the book culminates in a thorough unfolding of the relation between mass and energy. The book draws on the author's many years of experience in writing articles and reviews for a non-expert readership, and presenting physics to school pupils.

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This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It brings to life the excitement of this fascinating subject, for an audience including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern physics. It is different fromexisting books in that is uses many diagrams and ...

Andrew M. Steane has been Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford since 2002 and has been a Visiting Professor at various institutes. Steane was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2000 for his work on quantum error correction. He has given numerous public lectures and school demonstrations in p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694613

ISBN - 13:9780199694617

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. A preview: the Laws of Motion3. Something odd is happening all around us4. Spacetime5. Reference frames and coordinates6. The basic principles of Relativity7. Foundations re-explored.8. Navigating in spacetime9. Faster than light10. Introduction to momentum and energy11. Conclusion

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`Steane's book is original - it really starts with a level accessible to gifted schoolchildren and then guides the reader in a step-by-step manner and without much formalism to the central concepts of the theory. The book is perhaps as elementary as it can be without making undueoversimplifications.' Claus Kiefer, University of Cologne, Germany