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It's about time : understanding einstein's relativity

Author: N David Mermin
Publisher: New jersey : Princeton University Press, 2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously explained without advanced mathematics. This book is suitable for intellectually curious readers of various kinds, including professional physicists.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: N David Mermin
ISBN: 9780691141275 0691141274 9780691141275 9780691122014 0691122016
OCLC Number: 475771990
Notes: Reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously explained without advanced mathematics. This book is suitable for intellectually curious readers of various kinds, including professional physicists.
Description: 192 p.
Contents: Preface: Why Another Relativity Book ix Note to Readers xiv Chapter One: Th Principle of Relativity 1 Chapter Two: Combining (Small)Velocities 14 Chapte Three: The Speed of Light 19 Chapter Four: Combining (Any)Velocities 28 Chapter Five: Simultaneous Events;Synchronized Clocks 45 Chapter Six: Moving Clocks Run Slowly;Moving Sticks Shrink 58 Chapter Seven: Looking At a Moving Clock 73 Chapter Eight: The Interval between Events 79 Chapter Nine: Trains of Rockets 89 Chapter Ten: Space-Time Geometry 102 Chapter Eleven: E =M2 144 Chapter Twelve: A Bit about General Relativity 171 Chapter Thirteen: What Makes It Happen? 179 Index 187

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