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Einstein's Relativity: The Ultimate Key to the Cosmos Hardcover – August 4, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-3642303845 ISBN-10: 3642303846 Edition: 2012th

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  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (August 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642303846
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642303845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,622,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book explains gravitation for readers who do not necessarily have a strong mathematical background. Its scope goes well beyond ordinary popular science accounts. Besides the science, it also gives insights into historical and personal perspectives. It contains many very helpful illustrations and diagrams. … For the unknowledgeable reader, this provides interesting insights into the mechanisms of scientific discovery as they are confronted with current disputes and diverging viewpoints.” (Carla Cederbaum, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1262, 2013)

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This richly illustrated book is unique in bringing Einstein's relativity to a higher level for the non-specialist than has ever been attempted before, using nothing more than grade-school algebra. Bondi's approach with spacetime diagrams is simplified and expanded, clarifying the famous asymmetric aging-of-twins paradox. Einstein's theory of gravity, general relativity, is simplified for the reader using spacetime diagrams. The theory is applied to important topics in physics such as gravitational waves, gravitational collapse and black holes, time machines, the relationship to the quantum world, galactic motions and cosmology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Weiss on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Minkowski invented spacetime diagrams. This was in his famous 1908 lecture "Space and Time", one of the most important papers in the history of relativity.

The authors give the strong impression that J.L.Synge invented the concept. Indeed, when I did a "search inside" on Minkowski, it found 0 results, and the name also does not appear in the index.

Not a good beginning to the book. I have only glanced cursorily at other parts of it, so I would really prefer to leave the rating blank. However, Amazon doesn't allow that, so I give it 3 stars.
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