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Space-time, relativity, and cosmology

Author: Jose Wudka
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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"Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology provides a historical introduction to modern relativistic cosmology, and traces its historical roots and evolution from antiquity to Einstein. The topics are presented in a non-mathematical manner, with the emphasis on the ideas that underlie each theory, its predictions, and subsequent experimental evidence." "This textbook is intended for undergraduate students undertaking a  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jose Wudka
ISBN: 0521822807 9780521822800 9780521529761 052152976X
OCLC Number: 70797369
Description: ix, 320 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The scientific method --
Motivation --
Brief history --
Science's approach to knowledge --
2. From antiquity to Aristotle --
Creation myths : the dawn of cosmology --
The rise of individualism --
From Aristotle to Ptolemy --
Greek science --
Appendix : a creation myth pot pourri --
3. From the Middle Ages to heliocentrism --
The look of the time --
The thought of the time --
The magic of the time --
The science of the time --
The heliocentric revolution --
Kepler --
4. Galileo and Newton --
The scientific environment --
Galileo Galilei --
Isaac Newton --
Appendix : Galileo and the Inquisition --
5. The clouds gather --
Electricity and magnetism --
Waves vs. particles --
Light --
Problems --
Prelude to relativity --
6. The special theory of relativity --
Introduction --
Enter Einstein. 7. The general theory of relativity --
The happiest thought of my life --
Gravitation vs. acceleration --
Light --
Gravitation and energy --
Gravity and space --
The warping of time --
The Einstein equations --
Black holes --
Waves --
Tests of general relativity --
8. The relativistic universe --
Introduction --
The universe at a glance --
The relativistic universe --
Hubble's result : the Big Bang Theory --
Puzzles and challenges --
Quo vadis? --
Appendix : measuring the universe --
9. The lives of a star --
Introduction --
Pressure --
Stellar power --
The lives of a star.
Responsibility: Jose Wudka.
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This textbook provides a historical introduction to modern relativistic cosmology for first year undergraduates and non-science majors undertaking a physics course. The topics are presented  Read more...


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