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More copies of this ISBNRiddle of Gravitation Rev & Updated Editionby Peter G Bergmann
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:In this thoughtprovoking 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 fourdimensional 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. Book News Annotation:Another Dover reprint of a classic science monographthis 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:Thoughtprovoking 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. 223226) and index.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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 FourDimensional World 6 "Mass, Energy, Momentum" 7 Flat SpaceCurved Space II GENERAL RELATIVITY 8 Relativity and Gravitation 9 The Relativity of Free Fall 10 The Principle of General Covariance 11 Curved SpaceTime 12 Gravitation in the SpaceTime 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 SpaceTime Today and Tomorrow APPENDIXES I The EqualAreas Law of Kepler II Derivation of the InverseSquare 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 What Our Readers Are SayingBe the first to add a comment for a chance to win!Product Details
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