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Relatively speaking : relativity, black holes, and the fate of the universe

Author: Eric Chaisson
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explores the theory of relativity and its strange predictions--time dilation, length contraction, and curved space.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Chaisson
ISBN: 0393025365 9780393025361
OCLC Number: 15590216
Description: 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Broadest view of the biggest picture --
pt. I.A brief perspective. Remote galaxies --
Basic questions --
Historical problems --
pt. II. Relativity theory. The special theory of relativity --
Strange consequences --
The general theory of relativity --
Relativistic tests --
More about curved spacetime --
Einstein, the man --
pt. III. Cosmology. Cosmological principles --
Evolutionary models of the universe --
Other universe models --
Cosmological tests --
pt. IV. Black holes. Nature of the singularity --
Highlights of stellar evolution --
Disappearing matter --
Properties of black holes --
Space travel near black holes --
Observational evidence --
Epilogue: Beyond relativity.
Responsibility: Eric Chaisson ; illustrated by Lola Judith Chaisson.

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Explores the theory of relativity and its strange predictions--time dilation, length contraction, and curved space.

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