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An Illustrated Guide to Relativity

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Aimed at both physics students and non-science majors, this unique book explains Einstein's special theory of relativity pictorially, using diagrams rather than equations. The diagrams guide the reader, step-by-step, from the basics of relativity to advanced topics including the addition of velocities, Lorentz contraction, time dilation, the twin paradox, Doppler shift, an ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 2nd 2010)
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David Fernandes
From a novice perspective, the only-spacetime-diagrams approach works perfectly to demonstrate the evolution from classical mechanics to Einstein's special relativity thru powerful concepts as the frame of reference, the invariance of the speed of light, the Galilei\Lorentz transformations, etc. Nonetheless, when the subject starts to get complicated, specially in the final chapter of relativistic dynamics, the author resorts to several physics equations and rush to conclusions without the prope ...more
Xiaozhen Fu
May be lacking in rigor of the math that some wanted to see. But a fantastic introduction to Relativity for many:)
Peter
Jan 22, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff, cute characters, clear explanations. Fun.
Ahmad
Apr 30, 2012 Ahmad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
It's an interesting book!
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