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Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

Russell Stannard

24 July 2008

ISBN: 9780199236220

128 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics - replacing Newtonian ideas of space and time with bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: a world of slowing clocks and stretched space, black holes and curved space-time. This Very Short Introduction explores and explains the theory in an accessible and understandable way.

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Einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics - replacing Newtonian ideas of space and time with bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: a world of slowing clocks and stretched space, black holes and curved space-time. This Very Short Introduction explores and explains the theory in an accessible and understandable way.

  • Explains both the Special Theory of Relativity, and the General Theory, and how they differed from existing Newtonian and Euclidian concepts of space and time
  • Looks at the evidence that gave rise to the theory of relativity, and how it has been tested and proved since
  • Explains the bizarre conclusions of relativity - from space and time contraction to the famous 'Twin Paradox' - in an accessible and clear way
  • Shows how relativity isn't just applicable to abstract, far-flung physics - it not only has implications in the study of the cosmos, black holes, and gravitational lensing, but also has applications in everyday technologies such as GPS
  • Explores the very latest developments and experiments in the field

About the Author(s)

Russell Stannard, Emeritus Professor of Physics, The Open University, UK

Table of Contents

    1:Special relativity
    The Principle of Relativity and the speed of light
    Time dilation
    The Twin Paradox
    Length contraction
    Loss of simultaneity
    Space-time diagrams
    Four-dimensional spacetime
    The ultimate speed
    E=mc2
    2:General Relativity
    The Equivalence Principle
    The effects on time of acceleration and gravity
    The bending of light
    Curved space
    Black holes
    Gravitational Waves
    The Universe
    Further reading
    Index

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