ABC of Relativity

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Psychology Press, 1997 - 155 Seiten
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Ask a dozen people to name a genius and the odds are that 'Einstein' will spring to their lips. Ask them the meaning of 'relativity' and few of them will be able to tell you what it is.
The basic principles of relativity have not changed since Russell first published his lucid guide for the general reader. The ABC of Relativity is Bertrand Russell's most brilliant work of scientific popularisation. With marvellous lucidity he steers the reader who has no knowledge of maths or physics through the subtleties of Einstein's thinking. In easy, assimilable steps, he explains the theories of special and general relativity and describes their practical application to, amongst much else, discoveries about gravitation and the invention of the hydrogen bomb.
 

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This was the right book at the right time for me, and reading it in my teens triggered my own interest in physics and cosmology. A great layman's starter on some of the most important ideas of our time. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - jgrann - LibraryThing

Presents several psychologically challenging implications of the theory of relativity. I most enjoyed the discussion on the distinctions between various sciences, especially the relationship between ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Introduction
ix
The Earth and the Heavens
9
What Happens and What is Observed
17
The Velocity of Light
26
Clocks and Footrules
35
SpaceTime
45
The Special Theory of Relativity
53
Intervals in SpaceTune
66
Proofs of Einsteins Law of Gravitation
91
Mass Momentum Energy and Action
100
The Expanding Universe
113
Conventions and Natural Laws
124
The Abolition of Force 13 3
133
What is Matter?
141
Philosophical Consequences
148
Urheberrecht

Einsteins Law of Gravitation
78

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Über den Autor (1997)

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt Gödel, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics. After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

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