What Is Relativity?

What Is Relativity?

An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter

Book - 2014
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It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole.

The theory of relativity reveals the speed of light as the cosmic speed limit, the mind-bending ideas of time dilation and curvature of spacetime, and what may be the most famous equation in history: E = mc2. Indeed, the theory of relativity shapes much of our modern understanding of the universe. It is not "just a theory"--every major prediction of relativity has been tested to exquisite precision, and its practical applications include the Global Positioning System (GPS). Amply illustrated and written in clear, accessible prose, Bennett's book proves anyone can grasp the basics of Einstein's ideas. His intuitive, nonmathematical approach gives a wide audience its first real taste of how relativity works and why it is so important to science and the way we view ourselves as human beings.
Publisher: New York :, Columbia University Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780231167260
Branch Call Number: 530.11 Bennett 2014
Characteristics: viii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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SFPL_danielay Jan 21, 2015

It is not often that you can mention relativity and accessible in the same sentence but Jeffrey Bennett has managed to write an introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity that is both accessible and compelling.


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