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Relativity : Dover Books on Physics - Albert Einstein

Relativity

Dover Books on Physics

Paperback Published: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9780486417141
Number Of Pages: 168

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This book contains the great physicist's own explanation of both the special and general theories of relativity. Written for readers interested in the theory but not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics, it presents the ideas in their simplest, most intelligible form.

The Special Theory of Relativity
Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositionsp. 1
The System of Co-ordinatesp. 5
Space and Time in Classical Mechanicsp. 9
The Galileian System of Co-ordinatesp. 12
The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense)p. 14
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities employed in Classical Mechanicsp. 19
The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativityp. 21
On the Idea of Time in Physicsp. 25
The Relativity of Simultaneityp. 30
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distancep. 34
The Lorentz Transformationp. 36
The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motionp. 42
Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeaup. 45
The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativityp. 50
General Results of the Theoryp. 52
Experience and the Special Theory of Relativityp. 58
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Spacep. 65
The General Theory of Relativity
Special and General Principle of Relativityp. 69
The Gravitational Fieldp. 74
The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativityp. 78
In what Respects are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity unsatisfactory?p. 84
A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativityp. 87
Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Referencep. 93
Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuump. 98
Gaussian Co-ordinatesp. 103
The Space-time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity considered as a Euclidean Continuump. 108
The Space-time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity is not a Euclidean Continuump. 111
Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativityp. 115
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativityp. 119
Considerations on the Universe as a Whole
Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theoryp. 125
The Possibility of a "Finite" and yet "Unbounded" Universep. 128
The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativityp. 135
Appendices
Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformationp. 139
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World") [Supplementary to Section XVII.]p. 146
The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativityp. 148
Motion of the Perihelion of Mercuryp. 150
Deflection of Light by a Gravitational Fieldp. 152
Displacement of Spectral Lines towards the Redp. 155
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780486417141
ISBN-10: 048641714X
Series: Dover Books on Physics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 18th October 2010
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.2

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