What is relativity? : an intuitive introduction to Einstein's ideas, and why they matter / Jeffrey Bennett.
- ISBN: 9780231167260
- ISBN: 0231167261
- Description: viii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Publisher: New York, New York : Columbia University Press, 
- 8 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).
- 1 copy at Gloucester. (Show all copies)
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|Gloucester||Adult Nonfiction||530.11/Bennett (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Northern Essex - Lawrence Campus||Stacks||QC173.57 .B46 2014 (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Peabody Main||Adult Nonfiction||QC 173.57 .B46 2014 (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Reading||Adult New Nonfiction||NEW 530.11 BEN (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Salem||Adult Non-Fiction||530.11/BENNETT (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Salem State University||Stacks||QC 173.57 .B46 2014 (Text to phone)||Available||-|
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|Swampscott||Thomson Room||530.11 B (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Contents Note:|| Introduction-foreword : Einstein's life -- Getting started -- Voyage to a black hole -- Einstein's special theory of relativity -- Racing light -- Redefining space and time -- A new common sense -- Einstein's general theory of relativity -- Newton's absurdity -- Redefining gravity -- Implications of relativity -- Black holes -- The expanding universe -- Epilogue : your indelible mark on the universe.
|Summary:|| "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 also 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."--Publisher's description.
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