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Relativity : the special and general theory

Author: Albert Einstein; Robert W Lawson; Robert Geroch; David C Cassidy
Publisher: New York : Pi Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : The masterpiece science edView all editions and formats
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Robert Geroch builds on Einstein's work with commentary that addresses the ideas at the heart of the theory, bringing a modern understanding of relativity to the text. He elucidates how special relativity is a reconciliation of the contradictions between the nature of light and the principle of relativity; he expands on Einstein's treatment of the geometry of space-time and the fundamental notion of an "event"; he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Einstein; Robert W Lawson; Robert Geroch; David C Cassidy
ISBN: 0131862618 9780131862616
OCLC Number: 59225333
Notes: Originally published: New York : H. Holt, 1920.
Description: xxvi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Relativity : the special and general theory --
Preface --
Part I: The special theory of relativity. Physical meaning of geometrical proportions ; The system of co-ordinates ; Space and time in classical mechanics ; The Galilean system of co-ordinates ; The principle of relativity (in the restricted sense) ; The theorem of the addition of velocities employed in classical mechanics ; The apparent incompatibility of the law of propagination of light with the principle of relativity ; On the idea of time in physics ; The relativity of simultaneity ; On the relativity of the conception of distance ; The Lorentz transformation ; The behaviour of measuring-rods and clocks in motion ; Theorem of the addition of velocities. The experiment of Fizeau ; The heuristic value of the theory of relativity ; General results of the theory ; Experience and the special theory of relativity ; Minkowski's four-dimensional space --
Part II: The general theory of relativity. Special and general principle of relativity ; The gravitational field ; The equality of inertial and gravitational mass as an argument for the general postulate of relativity ; In what respects are the foundations of classical mechanics and of the special theory of relativity unsatisfactory? ; A few inferences from the general principle of relativity ; Behaviour of clocks and measuring-rods on a rotating body of reference ; Euclidean and non-Euclidean continuum ; Gaussian co-ordinates ; The space-time continuum of the special theory of relativity considered as a Euclidean continuum ; The space-time continuum of the general theory of relativity is not a Euclidean continuum ; Exact formulation of the general principle of relativity ; 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. Cosmological difficulties of Newton's theory ; The possibility of a "finite" and yet "unbounded" universe ; The structure of space according to the general theory of relativity --
Appendixes. 1. Simple derivation of the Lorentz transformation ; 2. Minkowski's four-dimensional space ("World") ; 3. The experimental confirmation of the general theory of relativity --
Commentary / by Robert Geroch. Preface ; The principle of relativity ; The propagation of light ; Relativity and intuition ; Length ; The conversion of energy to mass ; Space-time ; Inertial and gravitational mass ; The rotating disk ; Space-time and general relativity ; Special relativity and general relativity ; Cosmology --
The cultural legacy of relativity theory / by David C. Cassidy.
Other Titles: Über die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie.
Responsibility: Albert Einstein ; translated by Robert W. Lawson ; introduction by Roger Penrose ; commentary by Robert Geroch with a historical essay by David C. Cassidy.
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Robert Geroch builds on Einstein's work with commentary that addresses the ideas at the heart of the theory, bringing a modern understanding of relativity to the text. He elucidates how special relativity is a reconciliation of the contradictions between the nature of light and the principle of relativity; he expands on Einstein's treatment of the geometry of space-time and the fundamental notion of an "event"; he explains in detail, but without technical language, the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass, a cornerstone of general relativity.

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