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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 onenot even Einstein himselfexplained 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
Symmetry in physics
Newton's laws in vector notation
Scalar product of vectors
Symmetry in Physical Laws
Symmetry in space and time
Symmetry and conservation laws
Polar and axial vectors
Which hand is right?
Parity is not conserved!
The Special Theory of Relativity
The principle of relativity
The Lorentz transformation
The Michelson-Morley experiment
Transformation of time
The Lorentz contraction
Equivalence of mass and energy
Relativistic Energy and Momentum
Relativity and the philosophers
The twin paradox
Transformation of velocities
The geometry of space-time
Past, present, and future
More about four-vectors
Curved spaces with two dimensions
Curvature in three-dimensional space
Our space is curved
Geometry in space-time
Gravity and the principle of equivalence
The speed of clocks in a gravitational field
The curvature of space-time
Motion in curved space-time
Einstein's theory of gravitation
About Richard Feynman
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ISBN: 9780465025268 ISBN-10: 0465025269 Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old For Grades: 11+ Format:
Number Of Pages: 184 Published: 22nd March 2011 Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: Revised