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The Elements of Relativity
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The Elements of Relativity

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ISBN-13:
9780199658640
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Seiten:
336
Autor:
David Wittman
Gewicht:
713 g
Format:
247x189x16 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This undergraduate textbook introduces relativity to a non-technical audience. The "thinking tools" approach allows readers to understand at a much deeper level than popular treatments, and end-of-chapter problems (always lacking in popular books) help build and cement that understanding.
This undergraduate textbook introduces relativity to a non-technical audience. The "thinking tools" approach allows readers to understand at a much deeper level than popular treatments, and end-of-chapter problems (always lacking in popular books) help build and cement that understanding.
1 A First Look at Relativity; 2 Acceleration and Force; 3 Galilean Relativity; 4 Reasoning with Frames and Spacetime Diagrams; 5 The Speed of Light; 6 Time Slow; 7 Time Dilation and Length Contraction; 8 Special Relativity: Putting it All Together; 9 Doppler Effect and Velocity Addition Law; 10 The Twin Paradox; 11 Spacetime Geometry; 12 Energy and Momentum; 13 The Equivalence Principle; 14 Gravity Reframed; 15 Potential; 16 Newtonian Gravity; 17 Orbits; 18 General Relativity and teh Schwarzschild Metric; 19 Beyond the Schwarschild Metric; 20 Black Holes
Relativity has much to offer for a well-rounded education. Yet books on relativity either assume a strong background in physics and math, aimed at advanced physics students, or, alternatively, offer a broad description with little intellectual challenge. This book bridges the gap. It aims at readers with essentially no physics or math background, who still find it rewarding to think rigorously. The book takes a "thinking tools" approach, by first making readers
comfortable with a new thinking tool and then applying it to learn more about how nature works. By the end of the book, readers will have collected a versatile toolbox and will be comfortable using the tools to think about and really understand the intriguing phenomena they may have only heard
about, including the twin paradox, black holes, and time travel.

End-of-chapter exercises span a range of difficulty, allowing adventurous readers to stretch their understanding further as desired. Students who have studied, or are studying, relativity at a more mathematical level will also find the book useful for a more conceptual understanding.