Relativity : a very short introduction

Russell Stannard

100 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=mc2 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.

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[目次]

  • 1. Special relativity
  • The Principle of Relativity and the speed of light
  • Time dilation
  • The Twin Paradox
  • Length contraction
  • Loss of simultaneity
  • Space-time diagrams
  • Four-dimensional spacetime
  • The ultimate speed
  • E=mc2
  • 2. General Relativity
  • The Equivalence Principle
  • The effects on time of acceleration and gravity
  • The bending of light
  • Curved space
  • Black holes
  • Gravitational Waves
  • The Universe
  • FURTHER READING
  • INDEX

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書名 Relativity : a very short introduction
著作者等 Stannard, Russell
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2008
ページ数 [xii], 114 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780199236220
NCID BA87024442
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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