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1. The Einstein Theory of Relativity by H.a. Lorentz | |
Paperback: 18
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(2010-07-24)
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Poorly written, and suffers as a result.
Good Entry Point
Good Entry-Point Reading
wow |
2. Sidelights on relativity by Albert Einstein, G B. 1891- Jeffery, W Perrett | |
Paperback: 80
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(2010-08-06)
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Amazing clarity
Two Fascinating Lectures - Will Appeal to Physics Students
Experience vs Hypothesis At this point, I will say that myunderstanding stands at a finite point in which it would be only arrogantfor me to claim I understood the entirety of the book. Nonetheless, I foundthis book completely readable, mostly due to the fact that there are noformulas to follow. My knowledge of relativity is limited and I have givenyou what I believe I understand. Its a short book with the writing clearand concise and logical; which surprised me hearing stories about Einsteinsgenius in which he is unable to explain in laymans terms. Highlyreccomended!
Professor Einstein |
3. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Classic Reprint) by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 166
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(2010-06-04)
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This edition created by OCR, many errors!
be careful which copy you buy
Great book - Kindle edition readablity needs work (Driod only?)
Relativity Explained by the Master Himself
Relativity -- authored by A. Einstein |
4. A First Course in General Relativity by Bernard Schutz | |
Hardcover: 410
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(2009-06-22)
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Excellent book for REALLY getting in to GR
Good introduction
good first book for learning general relativity
As easy as it can be
As the title says, a good 'First Course' |
5. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, The Masterpiece Science Edition, by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 96
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(2005-11-22)
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Editorial Review Product Description Section 17.Space-Time Minkowski’s viewpoint represents a "geometrization" of relativity. These ideas have, over the years, come to the forefront: They reflect the perspective of the majority of physicists working in relativity today. Let us expand on this viewpoint.The fundamental notion is that of an event, which we think of as a physical occurrence having negligibly small extension in both space and time. That is, an event is "small and quick," such as the explosion of a firecracker or the snapping of your fingers. Now consider the collection of all possible events in the universe—all events that have ever happened, all that are happening now, and all that will ever happen; here and elsewhere. This collection is called space-time. It is the arena in which physics takes place in relativity.The idea is to recast all statements about goings-on in the physical world into geometrical structures within this space-time. In a similar vein, you might begin the study of plane geometry by introducing the notion of a point (analogous to an event) and assembling all possible points into the plane (analogous to space-time). This plane is the arena for plane geometry, and each statement that is part of plane geometry is to be cast as geometrical structure within this plane.This space-time is a once-and-for-all picture of the entire physical world. Nothing "happens" there; things just "are." A physical particle, for example, is described in the language of space-time by giving the locus of all events that occur "right at the particle." The result is a certain curve, or path, in space-time called the world-line of the particle. Don’t think of the particle as "traversing" its world-line in the same sense that a train traverses its tracks. Rather, the world-line represents, once and for all, the entire life history of the particle, from its birth to its death. The collision of two particles, for example, would be represented geometrically by the intersection of their world-lines. The point of intersection—a point common to both curves; an event that is "right at" both particles—represents the event of their collision. In a similar way, more complicated physical goings-on—an experiment in particle physics, for example, or a football game—are incorporated into the fabric of space-time.One example of "physical goings-on" is the reference frame that Einstein uses in his discussion of special relativity. How is this incorporated into space-time? The individuals within a particular reference frame assign four numbers, labeled x, y, z, t, to each event in space-time. The first three give the spatial location of the event according to these observers, the last the time of the event.These numbers completely and uniquely characterize the event. In geometrical terms, a frame of reference gives rise to a coordinate system on space-time. In a similar vein, in plane geometry a coordinate system assigns two numbers, x and y, to each point of the plane. These numbers completely and uniquely characterize that point. The statement "the plane is two-dimensional" means nothing more and nothing less than that precisely two numbers are required to locate each point in the plane.Similarly, "space-time is four-dimensional" means nothing more and nothing less than that precisely four numbers are required to locate each event in space-time. That is all there is to it! You now understand "four-dimensional space-time" as well as any physicist.Note that the introduction of four-dimensional space-time does not say that space and time are "equivalent" or "indistinguishable." Clearly, space and time are subjectively different entities. But a rather subtle mixing of them occurs in special relativity, making it convenient to introduce this single entity, space-time.In plane geometry, we may change coordinates, i.e., relabel the points. It is the same plane described in a different way (in that a given point is now represented by different numbers), just as the land represented by a map stays the same whether you use latitude/longitude or GPS coordinates. We can now determine formulae expressing the new coordinate-values for each point of the plane in terms of the old coordinate-values. Similarly, we may change coordinates in space-time, i.e., change the reference frame therein. And, again, we can determine formulae relating the new coordinate-values for each space-time event to the old coordinate-values for that event. This, from Minkowski’s geometrical viewpoint, is the substance of the Lorentz-transformation formulae in Section 11.A significant advantage of Minkowski’s viewpoint is that it is particularly well-adapted also to the general theory of relativity. We shall return to this geometrical viewpoint in our discussion of Section 27. Customer Reviews (11)
Who typset the math in this thing?
Like Science?
classic
very thin and concise, directly caught the point
Still confusing. . . |
6. The Principle of Relativity by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 224
Pages
(2008-07-18)
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Editorial Review Product Description Here are the 11 papers that forged the general and special theories of relativity: seven papers by Einstein, plus two papers by Lorentz and one each by Minkowski and Weyl. Customer Reviews (16)
Papers that changed the world
An interesting book for someone well versed in 19th century physics
The Principle of Relativity
The Principle of Relativity
A History of Relativity |
7. Relativity Simply Explained by Martin Gardner | |
Paperback: 224
Pages
(1997-03-06)
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Best explanation of Relativity
A source for historical development - fails at concepts
Too much math education can cripple
History with a point of view
excellent but getting out of date |
8. The Mathematics of Relativity for the Rest of Us by Dr. Louis Jagerman M.D. | |
Paperback: 454
Pages
(2001-02-23)
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Editorial Review Product Description The relativity of time, space, and mass is covered first, giving some attention to the history of the two main divisions of relativity, the special and the general. Once special relativity and its mathematics are established, general relativity is covered, beginning with its relationship to Newton's laws and advancing through its revolutionary concepts as well as its mathematics. This process is carried all the way to the level of tensor equations. The Mathematics of Relativity for the Rest of Us treats topics such as: The constant speed of light, the invariant laws of physics, the basis and meaning of the equation E = mc2, the nature of curved four-dimensional space-time, the importance of non-Euclidean geometry, the gravitational bending of light, experimental confirmation of relativity, the philosophical and intellectual appeal of relativity, the nature of black holes, and the cosmologic significance of relativity -- both as concepts and as mathematical issues. As a result the sufficiently attentive reader is set at ease with the reputedly incomprehensible but essential details about relativity. Even subjects such as "tensor calculus" and the "covariant partially differential field equations of general relativity" will be clear. For instance such a reader will know just what a "tensor" is, why the equations are "covariant," why they are "partially differential," why they are "field" equations, why relativity can be "general," and most importantly just what is meant by "relativity." Furthermore, if a reader is shown the fundamental equation of general relativity, Rik - 1/2gikR = -XTik he or she will understand what every term of this equation means, why each is included, what obstacles Einstein and his colleagues overcame to derive each term, what impact this equation has on modern science, and why this equation revolutionized our understanding of our universe. The Mathematics of Relativity for the Rest of Us also devotes a chapter to the relationship between relativity and quantum mechanics. It reveals the limitations of relativity and the direction of future work in this branch of science. The chapter concludes with the role of string theory in reconciling relativity and quantum mechanics. Customer Reviews (15)
Page 5 is correct
Page 5 (a long explanation...)
Very readable and detailed (yes page 5 is correct)
Mr One Star is wrong!
Informative and intersting |
9. General Relativity by Robert M. Wald | |
Paperback: 506
Pages
(1984-06-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description "A tour de force: lucid, straightforward, mathematically rigorous, exacting in the analysis of the theory in its physical aspect."--L. P. Hughston, Times Higher Education Supplement "Truly excellent. . . . A sophisticated text of manageable size that will probably be read by every student of relativity, astrophysics, and field theory for years to come."--James W. York, Physics Today Customer Reviews (22)
Can be used for self-study as a solid introduction to GR
One more time through General Relativity
Bob Wald's book
A beautiful book
excellent but beware of small books on large and complex topics |
10. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity (Barrons Solution Series) by Robert Cwiklik | |
Paperback: 192
Pages
(1987-10-26)
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Patronizing And Verbose
Good bio of America's favorite wacky scientist
My views on Albert Einstein
Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
My Science Students Say "This book is really cool" |
11. Introduction to Tensor Calculus, Relativity and Cosmology by D. F. Lawden | |
Paperback: 224
Pages
(2003-01-27)
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Tensors and Relativity for high-functioning amateurs
Good but dated, only for beginners
A reasonable introduction, but outdated and superceded
Excellent book for self learners
Good introduction to the topic |
12. An Illustrated Guide to Relativity by Tatsu Takeuchi | |
Paperback: 266
Pages
(2010-10-18)
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13. Inside Relativity by Delo E. Mook, Thomas Vargish | |
Paperback: 322
Pages
(1991-03-01)
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Good book
A Unique Expose of Einstein's Relativity
Inside Relativity
Inside Inside Relativity |
14. Relativity Visualized by Lewis Carroll Epstein | |
Paperback: 206
Pages
(1985)
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Editorial Review Product Description Perfect for those interested in physics but who are not physicists or mathematicians, this book makes relativity so simple that a child can understand it. By replacing equations with diagrams, the book allows non-specialist readers to fully understand the concepts in relativity without the slow, painful progress so often associated with a complicated scientific subject. It allows readers not only to know how relativity works, but also to intuitively understand it. Customer Reviews (30)
This book isn't worth that much
Not Enough Stars for This One
The principle of relativity
The title says it all
Anyone can understand this complex phenomena |
15. Relativity A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Russell Stannard | |
Paperback: 144
Pages
(2008-08-15)
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An absolutely great introduction
Compact and very readable book
Relatively short introduction |
16. Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension by Rudolf v.B. Rucker | |
Paperback: 133
Pages
(1977-06-01)
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geometry, relativity and the fourth dimemsion
Well Written Introduction to the Fourth Dimension
Good intro to related topics to Special Relativity
Instructive, and interesting
With few exceptions, it is a readable, stepwise explanation of how the universe is structured |
17. Relativity and Its Roots by Banesh Hoffmann | |
Paperback: 176
Pages
(1998-12-23)
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Some interesting history but with clarity problems
Relativity in Perspective
On Hoffmann's "Relativity and its Roots"
fascinating and approachable |
18. Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction (Oxford Master Series in Physics) by Ta-Pei Cheng | |
Paperback: 400
Pages
(2010-01-11)
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Best book for self-study
The Fundamentals
This book is a gem
Excellent Material to begin with and test yourself. |
19. Special Relativity (Mit Introductory Physics Series) by A.P. French | |
Paperback: 296
Pages
(1968-09-30)
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Yep, it's a relativity textbook
Just Great
review
Great!
A Classic |
20. General Relativity from A to B by Robert Geroch | |
Paperback: 233
Pages
(1981-03-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description "An imaginative and convincing new presentation of Einstein's theory of general relativity. . . . The treatment is masterful, continual emphasis being placed on careful discussion and motivation, with the aim of showing how physicists think and develop their ideas."--Choice Customer Reviews (7)
interesting nonmathematical take; sometimes poor motivation and contact with experiment
astonishing
Excellent Book
Verbal Description of General Relativity
A Grand First Step.Well, maybe a quarter step.. The chapters are organized very well and the writing is very good.To follow the text a certain degree of concentration is required because the diagrams need to be checked as one proceeds. This text is quite suitable for junior high and high school students not to mention college graduates who wish to know something beyond the cursory in relativity theory. I happened to come across this book at a used bookstore in 1979.Very few of my friends were even aware of this book.It was one of those sleepers so much so that a while back this volume had gone out of publication.However, now it's back, thank God. If you want a non-technical but quite thorough peek into Special Relativity get this book.If you are one of those who would prefer a tad more math and a less wordy introduction go with James A. Smith'sAn Introduction To Special Relativity, published by Dover. ... Read more |
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