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Relativity: the special and general theory

Author: Einstein, Albert ; Lawson, Robert W., translationPublisher: Plume, 2004.Language: EnglishDescription: 259 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0452287847Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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Relativity The Special and General Theory Contents Introduction by Roger Penrose Note on the Text ix xxvii Relativity: The Special and General Theory Preface PART I THE SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY 1. Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions 2. The System of Co-ordinates 3. Space and Time in Classical Mechanics 4. The Galileian System of Co-ordinates 5. The Principle of Relativity (In the Restricted Sense) 6. The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics 7. The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity 8. On the Idea of Time in Physics 9. The Relativity of Simultaneity 10. On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance 1 3 5 9 13 16 18 23 25 29 34 38 vi RELATIVITY 11. The Lorentz Transformation 12. The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion 13. Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau 14. The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity 15. General Results of the Theory 16. Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity 17. Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space PART II THE GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY 18. Special and General Principle of Relativity 19. The Gravitational Field 20. The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity 21. In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory? 22. A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity 23. Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference 24. Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum 25. Gaussian Co-ordinates 40 47 51 56 58 65 72 77 82 86 92 95 101 106 111 Contents 26. The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum 27. The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is Not a Euclidean Continuum 28. Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity 29. The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity PART III CONSIDERATIONS ON THE UNIVERSE AS A WHOLE 30. Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory 31. The Possibility of a "Finite" and Yet " Unbounded" Universe 32. The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity APPENDIXES 1. Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation 2. Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space ("World") 3. The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity 147 155 158 133 136 143 vii 116 119 123 127 viii RELATIVITY Commentary by Robert Geroch Preface The Principle of Relativity The Propagation of Light Relativity and Intuition Length The Conversion of Energy to Mass Space-Time Inertial and Gravitational Mass The Rotating Disk Space-Time and General Relativity Special Relativity and General Relativity Cosmology The Cultural Legacy of Relativity Theory by David C. Cassidy Bibliography Index 171 171 179 183 188 191 195 201 205 208 211 217 220 225 247 251

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