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The ABC of relativity

Author: Bertrand Russell
Publisher: London : G. Allen & Unwin, 1958.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Ask a dozen people to name a genius and the odds are that 'Einstein' will spring to their lips. Ask them the meaning of 'relativity' and few of them will be able to tell you what it is. The basic principles of relativity have not changed since Russell first published his lucid guide for the general reader. The ABC of Relativity is Bertrand Russell's most brilliant work of scientific popularization. With marvelous  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bertrand Russell
OCLC Number: 530352
Description: 139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Touch and sight: the earth and the heavens --
What happens and what is observed --
The velocity of light --
Clocks and foot-rules --
Space-time --
The special theory of relativity --
intervals in space-time --
Einstein's law of gravitation --
Proofs of Einstein's law of gravitation --
Mass, momentum, energy, and action --
The expanding universe --
Conventions and natural laws --
The abolition of 'force' --
What is matter? --
Philosophical consequences.
Responsibility: Bertrand Russell ; edited by Felix Pirani.

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Ask a dozen people to name a genius and the odds are that 'Einstein' will spring to their lips. Ask them the meaning of 'relativity' and few of them will be able to tell you what it is. The basic principles of relativity have not changed since Russell first published his lucid guide for the general reader. The ABC of Relativity is Bertrand Russell's most brilliant work of scientific popularization. With marvelous lucidity he steers the reader who has no knowledge of maths or physics through the subtleties of Einstein's thinking. In easy, assimilable steps, he explains the theories of special and general relativity and describes their practical application to, amongst much else, discoveries about gravitation and the invention of the hydrogen bomb.

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