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Six Not-So-Easy Pieces : Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time - Matthew Sands

Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time

Paperback Published: 22nd March 2011
ISBN: 9780465025268
Number Of Pages: 184
For Ages: 18+ years old

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It was Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics. In Six Not-So-Easy Pieces, taken from these famous lectures, Feynman delves into one of the most revolutionary discoveries in twentieth-century physics: Einstein's theory of relativity. The idea that the flow of time is not constant, that the mass of an object depends on its velocity, and that the speed of light is a constant no matter what the motion of the observer, at first seemed shocking to scientists and laymen alike. But as Feynman shows, these tricky ideas are not merely dry principles of physics, but things of beauty and elegance.

No one—not even Einstein himself—explained these difficult, anti-intuitive concepts more clearly, or with more verve and gusto, than Richard Feynman. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, Six Not-So-Easy Pieces is the ideal introduction to fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of all times.

“There is no better explanation for the scientifically literate layman.”—The Washington Post Book World

Publisher's Notep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Special Prefacep. xvii
Feynman's Prefacep. xxiii
Vectorsp. 1
Symmetry in physicsp. 1
Translationsp. 2
Rotationsp. 5
Vectorsp. 9
Vector algebrap. 12
Newton's laws in vector notationp. 15
Scalar product of vectorsp. 18
Symmetry in Physical Lawsp. 23
Symmetry operationsp. 23
Symmetry in space and timep. 24
Symmetry and conservation lawsp. 29
Mirror reflectionsp. 30
Polar and axial vectorsp. 35
Which hand is right?p. 38
Parity is not conserved!p. 40
Antimatterp. 43
Broken symmetriesp. 46
The Special Theory of Relativityp. 49
The principle of relativityp. 49
The Lorentz transformationp. 53
The Michelson-Morley experimentp. 54
Transformation of timep. 59
The Lorentz contractionp. 63
Simultaneityp. 63
Four-vectorsp. 65
Relativistic dynamicsp. 66
Equivalence of mass and energyp. 68
Relativistic Energy and Momentump. 73
Relativity and the philosophersp. 73
The twin paradoxp. 77
Transformation of velocitiesp. 79
Relativistic massp. 83
Relativistic energyp. 88
Space-Timep. 93
The geometry of space-timep. 93
Space-time intervalsp. 97
Past, present, and futurep. 99
More about four-vectorsp. 102
Four-vector algebrap. 106
Curved Spacep. 111
Curved spaces with two dimensionsp. 111
Curvature in three-dimensional spacep. 123
Our space is curvedp. 125
Geometry in space-timep. 128
Gravity and the principle of equivalencep. 129
The speed of clocks in a gravitational fieldp. 131
The curvature of space-timep. 137
Motion in curved space-timep. 137
Einstein's theory of gravitationp. 141
Indexp. 145
About Richard Feynmanp. 153
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ISBN: 9780465025268
ISBN-10: 0465025269
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 11+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 22nd March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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