What is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter

Author(s): Jeffrey Bennett


It is common knowledge that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet as bestselling author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in hand, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip through a black hole. The theory of relativity also gives us the cosmic speed limit of the speed of light, 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, and 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). Bennett proves anyone can understand 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 not only to science but also to the way we view ourselves as human beings.

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Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the lead author of best-selling textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics and numerous award-winning books for the general public and children.

PrefaceIntroduction/Foreword: Einstein's LifePart 1: Getting Started1. Voyage to a Black HolePart 2: Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity2. Racing Light3. Redefining Space and Time4. A New Common SensePart 3: Einstein's General Theory of Relativity5. Newton's Absurdity6. Redefining GravityPart 4: Implications of Relativity7. Black Holes8. The Expanding UniverseEpilogue: Your Indelible Mark on the UniverseAcknowledgmentsIndex

General Fields

  • : 9780231167260
  • : Columbia University Press
  • : Columbia University Press
  • : 0.454
  • : December 2013
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeffrey Bennett
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 530.11
  • : 224
  • : 41 figures