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Relativity : A Very Short Introduction - Russell Stannard


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 15th August 2008
ISBN: 9780199236220
Number Of Pages: 144

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If you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up and you get heavier. Travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be flattened thinner than a CD without feeling a thing-and live forever As for the angles of a triangle, they do not always have to add up to 180 degrees. And then, of course, there are black holes. These are but a few of the extraordinary consequences of Einstein's theory of relativity. It is now over a hundred years since he made these discoveries, and yet the general public is still largely unaware of them. Filled with illuminating anecdotes and fascinating accounts of experiments, this book aims to introduce the interested lay person to the subject of relativity in a way which is accessible and engaging and at the same time scientifically rigorous. With relatively few mathematical equations--nothing more complicated than the Pythagoras's Theorem--this VSI packs a lot time into very little space, and for anyone who has felt intimidated by Einstein's groundbreaking theory, it offers the perfect place to start.

1: Special relativity The Principle of Relativity and the speed of light Time dilation The Twin Paradox Length contraction Loss of simultaneity Space-time diagrams Four-dimensional spacetime The ultimate speed E=mc2 2: General Relativity The Equivalence Principle The effects on time of acceleration and gravity The bending of light Curved space Black holes Gravitational Waves The Universe Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780199236220
ISBN-10: 0199236224
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 15th August 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.0 x 11.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.1

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