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In this thought-provoking book, written for the layman, a noted physicist offers a fresh, nonmathematical introduction to the conceptual foundations of both Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravitation. Since Einstein's general relativity theory, which deals with gravitation, requires some acquaintance with the ideas of the special theory of relativity (not in itself concerned with gravitation), the first part of the book is devoted primarily to the special theory. This section ranges from Newtonian physics through Einstein's discovery of the relativity of time and space, to the fusion of time and space into a four-dimensional whole by Hermann Minkowski.

Part Two is concerned with the general theory of relativity proper. General relativity is based on the hypothesis that, under the influence of gravity, space and time are curved, rather than flat, and that all aspects of gravity can be understood in terms of geometry. Part Three is devoted to recent developments, including the search for gravitational waves, the quantum theory of gravitation, particle motion, and other topics. Five appendixes contain mathematical derivations for the reader who desires a more technical treatment of the subject.

For this new edition, Professor Bergmann has also added updated material on gravitational radiation detectors, current problems in cosmology, the significance of singularities of the gravitational field, and more. The result is a fascinating excursion into the rarefied world of theoretical physics, yet one that is well within the grasp of the nonphysicist. Indeed, any intelligent layman, curious about relativity theory and its relation to current astronomical knowledge, will welcome this eloquent and cogent presentation of the subject.

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Another Dover reprint of a classic science monograph--this last published by Scribner in a revised edition, 1987.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Nonmathematical introduction to conceptual foundations of both Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravity features updated material on gravity waves, singularities, and other current topics. 88 illustrations. 1968 edition.

Synopsis:

Thought-provoking nonmathematical introduction to the conceptual foundations of both Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravitation. Special relativity theory, general relativity theory, other topics. This updated edition features material on gravitational radiation detectors, current problems in cosmology, singularities of the gravitational field, and more. 88 illustrations. 1968 edition.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-226) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Scope of Gravitation

I NEWTONIAN PHYSICS AND SPECIAL RELATIVITY

  1 Early History

  2 Relativity of Motion

  3 The Universal Speed of Light

  4 The Special Theory of Relativity

  5 Minkowski's Four-Dimensional World

  6 "Mass, Energy, Momentum"

  7 Flat Space-Curved Space

II GENERAL RELATIVITY

  8 Relativity and Gravitation

  9 The Relativity of Free Fall

  10 The Principle of General Covariance

  11 Curved Space-Time

  12 Gravitation in the Space-Time Continuum

  13 Schwarzschild's Solution

  14 Inside the Schwarzschild Radius

  15 Event Horizons

III RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

  16 Gravitational Collapse

  17 Gravitational Radiation

  18 The Search for Gravitational Waves

  19 Cosmology

  20 Current Observational Programs

  21 Particle Moon

  22 Quantum Theory of Gravitation

  23 What Is an Observable?

  24 Space-Time Today and Tomorrow

APPENDIXES

I The Equal-Areas Law of Kepler

II Derivation of the Inverse-Square Law of Force

III The Lorentz Transformation

IV The Schwarzschild Radius

V Gravitational Radiation

VI Powers of 10 and Units of Measurement

Glossary

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486273785
Author:
Bergmann, Peter G.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Bergmann, Peter Gabriel
Author:
Bergmann, Peter G.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Gravity
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Relativity (physics)
Subject:
Gravitation
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. & updated ed.
Edition Description:
Revised, Updated
Series Volume:
v. 5.
Publication Date:
19930131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
234
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.63 lb

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Nonmathematical introduction to conceptual foundations of both Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravity features updated material on gravity waves, singularities, and other current topics. 88 illustrations. 1968 edition.
"Synopsis" by ,
Thought-provoking nonmathematical introduction to the conceptual foundations of both Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravitation. Special relativity theory, general relativity theory, other topics. This updated edition features material on gravitational radiation detectors, current problems in cosmology, singularities of the gravitational field, and more. 88 illustrations. 1968 edition.

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