360 pages | 141 B/W Illus.
This book, suitable for interested post-16 school pupils or undergraduates looking for a supplement to their course text, develops our modern view of space-time and its implications in the theories of gravity and cosmology. While aspects of this topic are inevitably abstract, the book seeks to ground thinking in observational and experimental evidence where possible. In addition, some of Einstein’s philosophical thoughts are explored and contrasted with our modern views.
Written in an accessible yet rigorous style, Jonathan Allday, a highly accomplished writer, brings his trademark clarity and engagement to these fascinating subjects, which underpin so much of modern physics.
Chapter 1: Four Keystones.
Chapter 2: The Road to Relativity.
Chapter 3: The Theory of Special Relativity.
Chapter 4: Space-Time.
Chapter 5: Mass, Energy and Dust.
Chapter 6: Generalising Relativity.
Chapter 7: The Theory of General Relativity.
Chapter 8: Weak field Gravitation.
Chapter 9: Space-time in the General Theory.
Chapter 10: Black Holes
Chapter 11: Gravity Waves
Chapter 12: Cosmology
Chapter 13: Quantum Considerations