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Preface | p. v |
Note to the Fifteenth Edition | p. vii |
The Special Theory of Relativity | |
Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions | p. 3 |
The System of Co-ordinates | p. 6 |
Space and Time in Classical Mechanics | p. 10 |
The Galileian System of Co-ordinates | p. 13 |
The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense) | p. 15 |
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics | p. 19 |
The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity | p. 21 |
On the Idea of Time in Physics | p. 25 |
The Relativity of Simultaneity | p. 29 |
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance | p. 32 |
The Lorentz Transformation | p. 34 |
The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion | p. 40 |
Theorem of the Addition of the Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau | p. 43 |
The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity | p. 47 |
General Results of the Theory | p. 49 |
Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity | p. 55 |
Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space | p. 61 |
The General Theory of Relativity | |
Special and General Principle of Relativity | p. 67 |
The Gravitational Field | p. 71 |
The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity | p. 75 |
In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory? | p. 80 |
A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity | p. 83 |
Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference | p. 88 |
Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum | p. 92 |
Gaussian Co-ordinates | p. 96 |
The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum | p. 101 |
The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is Not a Euclidean Continuum | p. 104 |
Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity | p. 108 |
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity | p. 112 |
Considerations on the Universe as a Whole | |
Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory | p. 119 |
The Possibility of a "Finite" and Yet "Unbounded" Universe | p. 122 |
The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity | p. 128 |
Appendices | |
Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation | p. 131 |
Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space ("World") | p. 139 |
The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity | p. 141 |
Motion of the Perihelion of Mercury | p. 143 |
Deflection of Light by a Gravitational Field | p. 145 |
Displacement of Spectral Lines towards the Red | p. 147 |
The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity | p. 152 |
Relativity and the Problem of Space | p. 155 |
Bibliography | p. 179 |
Index | p. 181 |
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