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

Author: Richard P Feynman; Robert B Leighton; Matthew L Sands
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 1998, ©1997.
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Drawn from Feynman's introductory course of lectures on physics, this title delves into the revolutionary discovery of twentieth-century physics: Einstein's theory of relativity.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Feynman; Robert B Leighton; Matthew L Sands
ISBN: 0713992638 9780713992632 014027667X 9780140276671
OCLC Number: 55199476
Notes: Originally published: Harlow : Addison-Wesley, 1997.
Includes index.
Description: xxv, 150 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Vectors: symmetry in physics; translations; rotations; vectors; vector algebra; Newton's laws in vector notation; scalar product of vectors. Part 2 Symmetry in physical laws: symmetry operations; symmetry in space and time; symmetry and conservation laws; mirror reflections; polar and axial vectors; which hand is right?; parity is not conserved!; antimatter; broken symmetries. Part 3 The special theory of relativity: the principle of relativity; the Lorentz transformation; the Michelson-Morley experiment; transformation of time; the Lorentz contraction; simultaneity; four-vectors; relativistic dynamics; equivalence of mass and energy. Part 4 Relativistic energy and momentum: relativity and the philosophers; the twin paradox; transformation of velocities; relativistic mass; relativistic energy. Part 5 Space-time: the geometry of space-time; space-time intervals; past, present and future; more about four-vectors; four-vector algebra. Part 6 Curved space: curved spaces with two dimensions; curvature in three-dimensional space; our space is curved; geometry in space-time; gravity and the principle of equivalence; the speed of clocks in a gravitational field; the curvature of space-time; motion in curved space-time; Einstein's theory of gravitation.
Responsibility: Richard P. Feynman ; originally prepared for publication by Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands ; new introduction by Roger Penrose.

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