ABC of RelativityAsk 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 Relativityis 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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Nutzerbericht  JacksonArthur  LibraryThingThis 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  LibraryThingPresents 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
Inhalt
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 
Einsteins Law of Gravitation  78 
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