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Six not-so-easy pieces : Einstein's relativity, symmetry, and space-time

Author: Richard P Feynman
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1997.
Series: Helix book.
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No single breakthrough in twentieth-century physics (with the possible exception of quantum mechanics) changed our view of the world more than that of Einstein's discovery of relativity. The notions that the flow of time is not a constant, that the mass of an object depends on its velocity, and that the speed of light is a constant no matter what the motion of the observer, at first seemed shocking to scientists and  Read more...
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Feynman, Richard Phillips.
Six not-so-easy pieces.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., c1997
(OCoLC)623015336
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Feynman
ISBN: 0201150255 9780201150254
OCLC Number: 35856022
Description: xxvii, 152 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Vectors --
Symmetry in physical laws --
The special theory of relativity --
Relativistic energy and momentum --
Space-time --
Curved space.
Series Title: Helix book.
Responsibility: Richard P. Feynman ; originally prepared for publication by Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands ; new introduction by Roger Penrose.
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No single breakthrough in twentieth-century physics (with the possible exception of quantum mechanics) changed our view of the world more than that of Einstein's discovery of relativity. The notions that the flow of time is not a constant, that the mass of an object depends on its velocity, and that the speed of light is a constant no matter what the motion of the observer, at first seemed shocking to scientists and laymen alike. But, as Feynman shows so clearly and so entertainingly in the lectures chosen for this volume, these crazy notions are no mere dry principles of physics, but are things of beauty and elegance. No one - not even Einstein himself - explained these difficult, anti-intuitive concepts more clearly, or with more verve and gusto, than Richard Feynman.

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