# Search Results for "essential-relativity"

## Essential Relativity

*Special, General, and Cosmological*

**Author**: W. Rindler**Publisher:**Springer**ISBN:**1475711352**Category:**Science**Page:**319**View:**3790

This book is an attempt to bring the full range of relativity theory within reach of advanced undergraduates, while containing enough new material and simplifications of old arguments so as not to bore the expert teacher. Roughly equal coverage is given tospecial relativity, general relativity, and cosmology. With many judicious omissions it can be taught in one semester, but it would better serve as the basis of a year's work. It is my hope, anyway, that its level and style of presentation may appeal also to wider c1asses of readers unrestricted by credit considerations. General relativity, the modern theory of gravitation in which free particles move along "straightest possible" lines in curved spacetime, and cosmology, with its dynamics for the whole possibly curved uni verse, not only seem necessary for a scientist's balanced view of the world, but offer some of the greatest intellectual thrills of modern physics. Nevertheless, considered luxuries, they are usu ally squeezed out of the graduate curriculum by the pressure of specialization. Special relativity escapes this tag with a ven geance, and tends to be taught as a pure service discipline, with too little emphasis on its startling ideas. What better time, there fore, to enjoy these subjects for their own sake than as an und- v vi PREFACE graduate? In spite of its forbidding mathematical reputation, even general relativity is accessible at that stage.

## Relativity

*Special, General, and Cosmological*

**Author**: Wolfgang Rindler**Publisher:**Oxford University Press**ISBN:**0198508352**Category:**Science**Page:**428**View:**4758

'... it would be an excellent basis for work in general relativity and cosmology... a first class presentation of the intellectual glory of the first century of relativity.' Times Higher Education SupplementThis book is a considerable amplification and modernisation of the authors' earlier Essential Relativity. It aims to bring the challenge and excitement of modern relativity and cosmology at rigourous mathematical level within reach of advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates, while containing enough new material to interest the experienced lecturer.

## Essential Relativistic Celestial Mechanics

**Author**: Victor Brumberg**Publisher:**Routledge**ISBN:**1351449680**Category:**Science**Page:**274**View:**4626

Essential Relativistic Celestial Mechanics presents a systematic exposition of the essential questions of relativistic celestial mechanics and their relation to relativistic astrometry. The book focuses on the comparison of calculated and measurable quantities that is of paramount importance in using general relativity as a necessary framework in the discussion of high-precision observations and for the construction of accurate dynamical ephemerides. It discusses the results of the general relativistic theory of motion of celestial bodies and describes the relativistic theory of astronomical reference frames, time scales, and the reduction of observations.

## A First Course in General Relativity

**Author**: Bernard Schutz**Publisher:**Cambridge University Press**ISBN:**0521887054**Category:**Science**Page:**393**View:**8430

Second edition of a widely-used textbook providing the first step into general relativity for undergraduate students with minimal mathematical background.

## Essential Dynamics and Relativity

**Author**: Peter J. O’Donnell**Publisher:**CRC Press**ISBN:**146658839X**Category:**Science**Page:**334**View:**936

Essential Dynamics & Relativity provides students with an introduction to the core aspects of dynamics and special relativity. The author reiterates important ideas and terms throughout and covers concepts that are often missing from other textbooks at this level. He also places each topic within the wider constructs of the theory, without jumping from topic to topic to illustrate a point. The first section of the book focuses on dynamics, discussing the basic aspects of single particle motion and analyzing the motion of multi-particle systems. The book also explains the dynamical behavior of both composite bodies (rigid bodies) and objects in non-inertial frames of reference (rotating reference frames). The second section concentrates on relativity. The author describes the ideas leading to the inception of special relativity. He also formulates fundamental aspects, such as time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformations, and the visual aids of Minkowski diagrams, necessary to develop more sophisticated ideas. He then develops the concepts within the context of relativistic mechanics. With many examples throughout and exercises at the end of each chapter, this text makes the often daunting and confusing ideas of dynamics and special relativity accessible to undergraduate students studying the subjects for the first time.

## Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology

*A Basic Introduction*

**Author**: Ta-Pei Cheng**Publisher:**Oxford University Press**ISBN:**0199573638**Category:**Science**Page:**435**View:**3072

This book provides an introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity. A "physics-first" approach is adopted so that interesting applications come before the more difficult task of solving the Einstein equation. The book includes extensive coverage of cosmology, and is designed to allow readers to study the subject alone.

## General Relativity

*With Applications to Astrophysics*

**Author**: Norbert Straumann**Publisher:**Springer Science & Business Media**ISBN:**3662118270**Category:**Science**Page:**676**View:**2390

The foundations are thoroughly developed together with the required mathematical background from differential geometry developed in Part III. The author also discusses the tests of general relativity in detail, including binary pulsars, with much space is devoted to the study of compact objects, especially to neutron stars and to the basic laws of black-hole physics. This well-structured text and reference enables readers to easily navigate through the various sections as best matches their backgrounds and perspectives, whether mathematical, physical or astronomical. Very applications oriented, the text includes very recent results, such as the supermassive black-hole in our galaxy and first double pulsar system

## What Is Relativity?

*An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter*

**Author**: Jeffrey Bennett**Publisher:**Columbia University Press**ISBN:**0231537034**Category:**Science**Page:**192**View:**9848

It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole. The theory of relativity reveals the speed of light as the cosmic speed limit, the mind-bending ideas of time dilation and curvature of spacetime, and what may be the most famous equation in history: E = mc2. Indeed, the theory of relativity shapes much of our modern understanding of the universe. It is not "just a theory"—every major prediction of relativity has been tested to exquisite precision, and its practical applications include the Global Positioning System (GPS). Amply illustrated and written in clear, accessible prose, Bennett's book proves anyone can grasp the basics of Einstein's ideas. His intuitive, nonmathematical approach gives a wide audience its first real taste of how relativity works and why it is so important to science and the way we view ourselves as human beings.

## Introduction to Special Relativity

**Author**: Wolfgang Rindler**Publisher:**Oxford University Press on Demand**ISBN:**0198539525**Category:**Science**Page:**169**View:**8055

This text is more conceptually and mathematically than experimentally orientated, elaborating on the underlying logic and dwelling on the subleties and apparent paradoxes. In this updated edition additional examples and problems have been included.

## An Illustrated Guide to Relativity

**Author**: Tatsu Takeuchi**Publisher:**Cambridge University Press**ISBN:**0521141001**Category:**Science**Page:**256**View:**9912

Presents a step-by-step explanation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity through a series of diagrams rather than equations.

## Electricity and Magnetism

**Author**: Benjamin Crowell**Publisher:**Light and Matter**ISBN:**9780970467041**Category:**Electricity**Page:**152**View:**8993

## Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified

**Author**: Richard Wolfson**Publisher:**W. W. Norton & Company**ISBN:**0393242188**Category:**Science**Page:**288**View:**8892

With this reader-friendly book, it doesn't take an Einstein to understand the theory of relativity and its remarkable consequences. In clear, understandable terms, physicist Richard Wolfson explores the ideas at the heart of relativity and shows how they lead to such seeming absurdities as time travel, curved space, black holes, and new meaning for the idea of past and future. Drawing from years of teaching modern physics to nonscientists, Wolfson explains in a lively, conversational style the simple principles underlying Einstein's theory. Relativity, Wolfson shows, gave us a new view of space and time, opening the door to questions about their flexible nature: Is the universe finite or infinite? Will it expand forever or eventually collapse in a "big crunch"? Is time travel possible? What goes on inside a black hole? How does gravity really work? These questions at the forefront of twenty-first-century physics are all rooted in the profound and sweeping vision of Albert Einstein's early twentieth-century theory. Wolfson leads his readers on an intellectual journey that culminates in a universe made almost unimaginably rich by the principles that Einstein first discovered.

## Einstein's Space-Time

*An Introduction to Special and General Relativity*

**Author**: Rafael Ferraro**Publisher:**Springer Science & Business Media**ISBN:**0387699473**Category:**Science**Page:**310**View:**342

This excellent textbook offers a unique take on relativity theory, setting it in its historical context. Ideal for those interested in relativity and the history of physics, the book contains a complete account of special relativity that begins with the historical analysis of the reasons that led to a change in our view of space and time. Its aim is to foster a deep understanding of relativistic spacetime and its consequences for Dynamics.

## Essential Relativistic Celestial Mechanics

**Author**: Victor Brumberg**Publisher:**CRC Press**ISBN:**9780750300629**Category:**Science**Page:**274**View:**8546

Essential Relativistic Celestial Mechanics presents a systematic exposition of the essential questions of relativistic celestial mechanics and their relation to relativistic astrometry. The book focuses on the comparison of calculated and measurable quantities that is of paramount importance in using general relativity as a necessary framework in the discussion of high-precision observations and for the construction of accurate dynamical ephemerides. It discusses the results of the general relativistic theory of motion of celestial bodies and describes the relativistic theory of astronomical reference frames, time scales, and the reduction of observations.

## Relativity: The Theory and Its Philosophy

*Foundations & Philosophy of Science & Technology*

**Author**: Roger B. Angel**Publisher:**Elsevier**ISBN:**1483150038**Category:**Science**Page:**270**View:**6015

Relativity: The Theory and its Philosophy provides a completely self-contained treatment of the philosophical foundations of the theory of relativity. It also surveys the most essential mathematical techniques and concepts that are indispensable to an understanding of the foundations of both the special and general theories of relativity. In short, the book includes a crash course in applied mathematics, ranging from elementary trigonometry to the classical tensor calculus. Comprised of 11 chapters, this book begins with an introduction to fundamental mathematical concepts such as sets, relations, and functions; N-tuples, vectors, and matrices; and vector algebra and calculus. The discussion then turns to the concept of relativity and elementary foundations of Newtonian mechanics, as well as the principle of special relativity and its interpretation by means of empiricism and rationalism. Subsequent chapters focus on the status of the doctrine of conventionalism in the theory of special relativity; the commensurability of classical and relativistic mechanics; mathematical foundations of special relativistic physics; and the classical or Newtonian theory of gravitation. The principle of general covariance and its relation to the principle of general relativity are also examined. The final chapter addresses the fundamental question as to the actual information concerning the structure of spacetime that is conveyed to us through the theory of general relativity. This monograph will be of interest to students, teachers, practitioners, and researchers in physics, mathematics, and philosophy.

## General Relativity

**Author**: N.M.J. Woodhouse**Publisher:**Springer Science & Business Media**ISBN:**9781846284878**Category:**Science**Page:**220**View:**7402

Based on a course taught for years at Oxford, this book offers a concise exposition of the central ideas of general relativity. The focus is on the chain of reasoning that leads to the relativistic theory from the analysis of distance and time measurements in the presence of gravity, rather than on the underlying mathematical structure. Includes links to recent developments, including theoretical work and observational evidence, to encourage further study.

## Introduction to General Relativity

**Author**: John Dirk Walecka**Publisher:**World Scientific**ISBN:**9812705848**Category:**Science**Page:**342**View:**1944

A working knowledge of Einstein's theory of general relativity is an essential tool for every physicist today. This self-contained book is an introductory text on the subject aimed at first-year graduate students, or advanced undergraduates, in physics that assumes only a basic understanding of classical Lagrangian mechanics. The mechanics problem of a point mass constrained to move without friction on a two-dimensional surface of arbitrary shape serves as a paradigm for the development of the mathematics and physics of general relativity. After reviewing special relativity, the basic principles of general relativity are presented, and the most important applications are discussed. The final special topics section guides the reader through a few important areas of current research.This book will allow the reader to approach the more advanced texts and monographs, as well as the continual influx of fascinating new experimental results, with a deeper understanding and sense of appreciation.

## Statistical Mechanics

**Author**: Franz Schwabl**Publisher:**Springer Science & Business Media**ISBN:**3662047020**Category:**Science**Page:**574**View:**8787

This unique and consistent mathematical treatise contains a deductive description of equilibrium statistics and thermodynamics. The most important elements of non-equilibrium phenomena are also treated. In addition to the fundamentals, the text tries to show how large the area of statistical mechanics is and how many applications can be found here. Modern areas such as renormalization group theory, percolation, stochastic equations of motion and their applications in critical dynamics, as well as fundamental thoughts of irreversibility are discussed. The text will be useful for advanced students in physics and other sciences who have profound knowledge of quantum mechanics.

## Special Relativity, Electrodynamics, and General Relativity

*From Newton to Einstein*

**Author**: John B. Kogut**Publisher:**Academic Press**ISBN:**0128137215**Category:**Science**Page:**454**View:**1909

Special Relativity, Electrodynamics, and General Relativity: From Newton to Einstein is intended to teach students of physics, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology how to think about special and general relativity in a fundamental but accessible way. Designed to render any reader a "master of relativity, all material on the subject is comprehensible and derivable from first principles. The book emphasizes problem solving, contains abundant problem sets, and is conveniently organized to meet the needs of both student and instructor. Fully revised and expanded second edition with improved figures Enlarged discussion of dynamics and the relativistic version of Newton’s second law Resolves the twin paradox from the principles of special and general relativity Includes new chapters which derive magnetism from relativity and electrostatics Derives Maxwell’s equations from Gauss’ law and the principles of special relativity Includes new chapters on differential geometry, space-time curvature, and the field equations of general relativity Introduces black holes and gravitational waves as illustrations of the principles of general relativity and relates them to the 2015 and 2017 observational discoveries of LIGO

## Introductory Quantum Physics and Relativity

**Author**: Jacob Dunningham,Centenary Professor of Quantum Information University of Leeds Vlatko Vedral**Publisher:**World Scientific**ISBN:**9813228660**Category:****Page:**308**View:**9445

This book is a revised and updated version of Introductory Quantum Physics and Relativity. Based on lectures given as part of the undergraduate degree programme at the University of Leeds, it has been extended in line with recent developments in the field. The book contains all the material required for quantum physics and relativity in the first three years of a traditional physics degree, in addition to more interesting and up-to-date extensions and applications which include quantum field theory, entanglement, and quantum information science. The second edition is unique as an undergraduate textbook as it combines quantum physics and relativity at an introductory level. It expounds the foundations of these two subjects in detail, but also illustrates how they can be combined. It discusses recent applications, but also exposes undergraduates to cutting-edge research topics, such as laser cooling, Bose-Einstein condensation, tunneling microscopes, lasers, nonlocality, and quantum teleportation. Contents: Introduction Old Quantum Theory Quantum Mechanics Applications of Quantum Mechanics Schrödinger Equation in Three Dimensions Spin and Statistics Atoms, Molecules and Lasers Formal Structure of Quantum Mechanics Second Revolution: Relativity Fine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom Relativistic Quantum Mechanics Quantum Entanglement Solutions Readership: Students taking undergraduate-level courses in quantum physics and relativity. Keywords: Quantum Physics;RelativityReview: Key Features: Combines Quantum Physics and Relativity. Covers the two subjects in a more coherent way than existing books. Many universities teach quantum physics and relativity together as one lecture course and so a book that covers both but also shows how they can be combined is a valuable resource Modern Choice of Topics. We will draw on topics from our own research to bring the two subjects up to date and give students a taste of cutting edge research. Examples will include such things as laser cooling, Bose condensation, tunneling microscopes, lasers, Bell's inequalities, quantum teleportation Has questions and answers -- ideal for self-study. This is pitched at typical exam level and so will be excellent for exam practice