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Relativity for the Questioning Mind,9780801897603

Relativity for the Questioning Mind

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1/31/2011
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Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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To those of us who are not mathematicians or physicists, Einstein's theory of relativity often seems incomprehensible, exotic, and of little real-world use. None of this is true. Daniel F. Styer's introduction to the topic not only shows us why these beliefs are mistaken but also shines a bright light on the subject so that any curious-minded person with an understanding of algebra and geometry can both grasp and apply the theory. Styer starts off slowly and proceeds carefully, explaining the concepts undergirding relativity in language comprehensible to nonscientists yet precise and accurate enough to satisfy the most demanding professional. He demonstrates how the theory applies to various real-life situations with easy equations and simple, clear diagrams. Styer's classroom-tested method of conveying the core ideas of relativity -- the relationship among and between time, space, and motion and the behavior of light -- encourages questions and shows the way to finding the answers. Each of the book's four parts builds on the sections that come before, leading the reader by turn through an overview of foundational ideas such as frames of reference, revelatory examples of time dilation and its attendant principles, an example-based exploration of relativity, and explanations of how and why gravity and spacetime are linked. By demonstrating relativity with practical applications, Styer teaches us to truly understand and appreciate its importance, beauty, and usefulness. Featuring worked and end-of-chapter problems and illustrated, nontechnical explanations of core concepts, while dotted throughout with questions and answers, puzzles, and paradoxes, Relativity for the Questioning Mind is an enjoyable-to-read, complete, concise introduction to one of the most important scientific theories yet discovered. The appendixes provide helpful hints, basic answers to the sample problems, and materials to stimulate further exploration.

Author Biography

Daniel F. Styer is the John and Marianne Schiffer Professor of Physics at Oberlin College and the author of The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics.

Table of Contents

Invitationp. xi
Moving
The Paradox of the Mirrorp. 3
Space, Time, and Motionp. 10
The Strange Behavior of Lightp. 17
Uncovering Relativity
Time Dilationp. 27
The Great Racep. 40
Length Contractionp. 47
Clock Synchronizationp. 51
Exploring Relativity
The Case of the Hungry Travelerp. 63
He Says, She Saysp. 75
Speed Limitsp. 88
Speed Additionp. 99
Rigidity, Straightness, and Strengthp. 107
The Twin Paradoxp. 114
The Pole in the Barnp. 123
Voyage to Spicap. 131
Free-for-Allp. 136
Starting and Stopping
General Relativityp. 145
A Pair of Clocks Starts Movingp. 155
Black Holesp. 158
The Vista Open to Usp. 166
Appendixes
For the Cognoscentip. 171
Hintsp. 175
Skeleton Answersp. 177
Ready Referencep. 180
Indexp. 183
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