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Years Ago, Einstein S Theory Of Relativity Shattered The World Of Physics Our Comforting Newtonian Ideas Of Space And Time Were Replaced By Bizarre And Counterintuitive Conclusions If You Move At High Speed, Time Slows Down, Space Squashes Up And You Get Heavier Travel Fast Enough And You Could Weigh As Much As A Jumbo Jet, Be Squashed Thinner Than A CD Without Feeling A Thing And Live For Ever And That Was Just The Special Theory With The General Theory Came Even Stranger Ideas Of Curved Space Time, And Changed Our Understanding Of Gravity And The Cosmos This Authoritative And Entertaining Very Short Introduction Makes The Theory Of Relativity Accessible And Understandable Using Very Little Mathematics, Russell Stannard Explains The Important Concepts Of Relativity, From E Mc To Black Holes, And Explores The Theory S Impact On Science And On Our Understanding Of The Universe ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions Series From Oxford University Press Contains Hundreds Of Titles In Almost Every Subject Area These Pocket Sized Books Are The Perfect Way To Get Ahead In A New Subject Quickly Our Expert Authors Combine Facts, Analysis, Perspective, New Ideas, And Enthusiasm To Make Interesting And Challenging Topics Highly Readable

6 thoughts on “Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

  1. Customer Customer says:

    I must first of all confess that this was not my first approximation to the topic so I do not know if someone with no experience with the subject will have the same experience than me That said, I was not trained as a physicist, but I always was fascinated by it and its consequences on how we ought to understand the world around us.You can read this book in very little time it took me 2 days, but then again I couldn t put the book down but it is extremely informative Professor Stannard managed to cover an enormous amount of material without ever making the text overly dense Indeed, of all my approximations to the Theory of Relativity, this is by far the best It really dissipated some questions I had on the topic that were not well addressed in other mediums Some mathematics are indeed used but they are never exceedingly complex and, importantly, truly help illuminate the concepts at hand rather than make it feel confusing.

  2. Randolph Eck Randolph Eck says:

    This is the first book in the A Very Short Introduction series I have read Slightly larger than seven inches by four inches, and a bit over 100 pages long, they are diminutive books for sure This one on relativity, I found very interesting Relativity is a topic I have always had difficulty wrapping my head around but Stannard does a pretty good job of making the subject sink in.The book is divided into two sections In the first he covers special relativity, and, in the second, he covers general relativity In the preface, he mentions some ideas about space, time, and matter that we might take for granted in our Newtonian world In the first section he redefines five common sense ideas we are all in the same three dimensional space, time passes the same for everyone, the idea of simultaneity, there is no speed limit, and matter is conserved it can neither be created nor destroyed In addressing these topics, Stannard delves into time dilation, length contraction, the twin paradox, loss of simultaneity, space time diagrams, four dimensionality, and the ultimate speed of the universe whew All interesting stuff for sure I particularly enjoyed the section on the twin paradox and Stannard s clear explanation where one twin travels to another far away planet and back at near the speed of light, only to find that the other twin has aged considerably.Note that Stannard does use some formulas to demonstrate the concepts, but don t worry, if you have a basic background in algebra, it should all make sense to you The formulas, I think, are necessary to convey a proper understanding of the material, but even if you are not up to par on your math, he does a good job of explaining the theory so you shouldn t have a problem here He concludes with a discussion of various interstellar phenomena, such as quasars, pulsars, black holes, virtual particles, critical density, Hubble s law, and .This book was well written in an explanatory fashion, so I think I will be checking some of the other titles in this series, of which there are many.

  3. NoBigWoop NoBigWoop says:

    Very clear and concise explanations of topics including length contraction, time contraction, light ray bending in accelerated e.g gravitational field, etc Best explanations I ve seen in any book on relativity, and I ve read a bunch.

  4. Customer Customer says:

    Excellent book for the research I am doing

  5. David Stuart McGregor David Stuart McGregor says:

    A little too difficult to understand

  6. m. millman m. millman says:

    One of the best introductions to relativity I ve seen.