Introducing Relativity: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Relativity: A Graphic Guide

Paperback Introducing (Icon Books)

By (author) Bruce Bassett, Edited by Ralph Edney

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  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 111mm x 175mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Duxford
  • ISBN 10: 1848310579
  • ISBN 13: 9781848310575
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 61,857

Product description

It is now more than a century since Einstein's theories of Special and General Relativity began to revolutionise our view of the universe. Beginning near the speed of light and proceeding to explorations of space-time and curved spaces, "Introducing Relativity" plots a visually accessible course through the thought experiments that have given shape to contemporary physics. Scientists from Newton to Hawking add their unique contributions to this story, as we encounter Einstein's astounding vision of gravity as the curvature of space-time and arrive at the breathtakingly beautiful field equations. Einstein's legacy is reviewed in the most advanced frontiers of physics today - black holes, gravitational waves, the accelerating universe and string theory. This is a superlative, fascinating graphic account of Einstein's strange world and how his legacy has been built upon since.

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Author information

Bruce Bassett is a cosmologist and lecturer at the University of Cape Town and the South African Astronomical Observatory. Ralph Edney trained as a mathematician, and has worked as a teacher,journalist, illustrator and political cartoonist. He has illustrated anumber of Introducing titles.