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Discovering Relativity for Yourself

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  • Date Published: March 1981
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521297806

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  • Discovering Relativity for yourself explains Einstein's Theory of Relativity to readers who are daunted by the standard mathematical approach to that profound theory. For twenty years Sam Lilley taught this subject to adults with no science background. Now he has written an explanation of the theory that demands no prior knowledge of mathematics or physics beyond an ability to do simple arithmetic. The first quarter of the book uses no more than arithmetic and a little simple geometry to introduce some of the main concepts of the theory, as well as discussing an impressive experimental test, which comes down strongly in its favour. When eventually further progress demands use of algebra and other mathematical techniques, these are carefully explained in a way that makes them accessible to absolute beginners, using many new and unorthodox methods.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1981
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521297806
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Getting started
    2. Rough and ready Relativity
    3. The dilation of time
    4. Three clocks and a pair of twins
    5. Starting again
    6. Space-time diagrams
    7. Time and distance 'over there'
    8. Co-ordinate systems
    9. Combining speeds
    10. Causality and the speed of light
    11. The nature of spacetime
    12. Interval
    13. Old friends revisited
    14. The scales of the spacetime diagram
    15. The radar point of view
    16. Relations between the radar and time–distance systems
    17. Constant acceleration
    18. Dynamics - mass, momentum, force
    19. The mass-energy relation
    20. The effect of acceleration on time measurement
    21. Time as experienced by a constant acceleration traveler
    22 Time and distance measurements of a constant acceleration observer
    23. The Principle of Equivalence
    24. The metric
    25. Introducing geodesics
    26. How to find ordinary geodesics
    27. Inverse square law gravity
    28. Curved spacetime
    29. The metric around the Sun
    30. Light and gravity
    31. The scandal about Mercury
    32. How Einstein did it
    33. A few conclusions.

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