Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

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By (author) Albert Einstein, Translated by Robert W Lawson, Introduction by Nigel Calder

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 129 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 25 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143039822
  • ISBN 13: 9780143039822
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 51,332

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An accesible version of Einstein's masterpiece of theory, written by the genius himself According to Einstein himself, this book is intended "to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." When he wrote the book in 1916, Einstein's name was scarcely known outside the physics institutes. Having just completed his masterpiece, The General Theory of Relativity which provided a brand-new theory of gravity and promised a new perspective on the cosmos as a whole he set out at once to share his excitement with as wide a public as possible in this popular and accessible book. Here published for the first time as a Penguin Classic, this edition of "Relativity "features a new introduction by bestselling science author Nigel Calder. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

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Albert Einstein (1879 1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk. Nigel Calder, educated as a physicist at Cambridge University, began his full-time writing career on the original staff of New Scientist magazine. His most recent book is thebestselling Einstein's Universe."

Table of contents

Relativity Introduction by Nigel Calder Suggestions for Further Reading Preface by Albert Einstein Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity 1. Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions 2. The System of Co-ordinates 3. Space and Time in Classical Mechanics 4. The Galileian System of Co-ordinates 5. The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense) 6. The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics 7. The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity 8. On the Idea of Time in Physics 9. The Relativity of Simultaneity 10. On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance 11. The Lorentz Transformation 12. The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion 13. Theorem of the Addition of the Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau 14. The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity 15. General Results of the Theory 16. Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity 17. Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space Part II: The General Theory of Relativity 18. Special and General Principle of Relativity 19. The Gravitational Field 20. The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity 21. In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory? 22. A Few Inferences from the Genral Principle of Relativity 23. Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference 24. Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum 25. Gaussian Co-ordinates 26. The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum 27. The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is Not a Euclidean Continuum 28. Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity 29. The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity Part III: Considerations on the Universe as a Whole 30. Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory 31. The Possibility of a "Finite" and Yet "Unbounded" Universe 32. The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity Appendices 1. Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation 2. Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space ("World") 3. The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity (a) Motion of the Perihelion of Mercury (b) Deflection of Light by a Gravitational Field (c) Displacement of Spectral Lines towards the Red Index