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The Einsteinian Era Frank W.K. Firk

The Einsteinian Era

Frank W.K. Firk

Published May 7th 2014
ISBN : 9781499351989
Paperback
84 pages
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This book has its origin in a one-year course for non-science majors that Professor Firk taught at Yale throughout the decade of the 1970s. It is intended for the inquisitive reader who wishes to gain an understanding of the immortal work ofMoreThis book has its origin in a one-year course for non-science majors that Professor Firk taught at Yale throughout the decade of the 1970s. It is intended for the inquisitive reader who wishes to gain an understanding of the immortal work of Einstein, the greatest scientist since Newton. Special Relativity deals with measurements of space, time and motion in inertial (non-accelerating) frames of reference. A popular account of Einsteins Theory of General Relativity, a theory of space, time, and motion in the presence of gravity, is given. The contents include: 1. Understanding the physical universe 2. Describing everyday motion- relative motion, Newtons Principle of Relativity, problems with light, 3. Einsteins Theory of Special Relativity simultaneity and synchronizing clocks, length contraction and time dilation, examples of Einsteins world, 4. Newtonian and Einsteinian mass 5. Equivalence of energy and mass, E = mc2 6. Principle of Equivalence 7. Einsteinian gravity- gravity and the bending of light, gravity and the flow of time, and red shifts, blue shifts, and black holes.