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The Elements of Relativity - David M. Wittman

The Elements of Relativity

Hardcover Published: 17th July 2018
ISBN: 9780199658633
Number Of Pages: 336

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Relativity has much to offer for a well-rounded education. Yet books on relativity either assume a strong background in physics and math, aimed at advanced physics students, or, alternatively, offer a broad description with little intellectual challenge. This book bridges the gap. It aims at readers with essentially no physics or math background, who still find it rewarding to think rigorously. The book takes a "thinking tools" approach, by first making readers comfortable with a new thinking tool and then applying it to learn more about how nature works. By the end of the book, readers will have collected a versatile toolbox and will be comfortable using the tools to think about and really understand the intriguing phenomena they may have only heard about, including the twin paradox, black holes, and time travel.

End-of-chapter exercises span a range of difficulty, allowing adventurous readers to stretch their understanding further as desired. Students who have studied, or are studying, relativity at a more mathematical level will also find the book useful for a more conceptual understanding.

1: A First Look at Relativity 2: Acceleration and Force 3: Galilean Relativity 4: Reasoning with Frames and Spacetime Diagrams 5: The Speed of Light 6: Time Slow 7: Time Dilation and Length Contraction 8: Special Relativity: Putting it All Together 9: Doppler Effect and Velocity Addition Law 10: The Twin Paradox 11: Spacetime Geometry 12: Energy and Momentum 13: The Equivalence Principle 14: Gravity Reframed 15: Potential 16: Newtonian Gravity 17: Orbits 18: General Relativity and teh Schwarzschild Metric 19: Beyond the Schwarschild Metric 20: Black Holes

ISBN: 9780199658633
ISBN-10: 0199658633
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 17th July 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.89

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