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  • Copyright: 6/1/1995
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books

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Time's 'Man of the Century', Albert Einstein is the unquestioned founder of modern physics. His theory of relativity is the most important scientific idea of the modern era. In this short book Einstein explains, using the minimum of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory which has shaped the world we live in today. Unsurpassed by any subsequent books on relativity, this remains the most popular and useful exposition of Einstein's immense contribution to human knowledge.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Special Theory of Relativity
Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositionsp. 3
The System of Co-ordinatesp. 6
Space and Time in Classical Mechanicsp. 10
The Galileian System of Co-ordinatesp. 12
The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense)p. 14
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanicsp. 18
The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativityp. 20
On the Idea of Time in Physicsp. 23
The Relativity of Simultaneityp. 27
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distancep. 30
The Lorentz Transformationp. 32
The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motionp. 37
Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeaup. 40
The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativityp. 44
General Results of the Theoryp. 46
Experience and the Special Theory of Relativityp. 51
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Spacep. 56
The General Theory of Relativity
Special and General Principle of Relativityp. 61
The Gravitational Fieldp. 65
The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativityp. 68
In what Respects are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?p. 72
A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativityp. 75
Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Referencep. 79
Euclidean and non-Euclidean Continuump. 83
Gaussian Co-ordinatesp. 87
The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuump. 91
The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity is not a Euclidean Continuump. 94
Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativityp. 97
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativityp. 100
Considerations on the Universe as a Whole
Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theoryp. 107
The Possibility of a "Finite" and yet "Unbounded" Universep. 110
The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativityp. 115
Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation [Supplementary to Section 11]p. 117
Minkowski's Four-dimensional Space ("World") [Supplementary to Section 17]p. 124
The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativityp. 126
Motion of the Perihelion of Mercuryp. 127
Deflection of Light by a Gravitational Fieldp. 129
Displacement of Spectral Lines towards the Redp. 132
The Structure of Space according to the General Theory of Relativity [Supplementary to Section 32]p. 136
Relativity and the Problem of Spacep. 139
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 161
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