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Relatively Speaking

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This book is based upon a series of lectures delivered during the past decade to nontechnical audiences at Harvard University. As in the lectures, Eric Chaisson aims here to share the fundamentals of relativity theory, as well as some of its cosmological and black-hole applications, with anyone having an abiding curiosity about the nature of our world.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 17th 1990 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1988)
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Krzysztof Kot
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
A well written, clear explanation of a pretty heavy concept. No heavy maths but big on diagrams and analogies. Not quite a university course but the first time I've felt I've come close to understanding what everybody's been banging on about this whole time.

Just the first half of the book covers the move from Newtonian physics to both cases of relativity, a history on Einstein the man, gravitational lensing, gravitational red-shift, time dilation and space-time.

Do be wary, it was written in '88
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Relatively Speaking is a very well written introduction to modern physics. Eric Chaisson sets the scene with a description of Newtonian physics and described the paradoxes being faced by physicists in the early 20th century. He then goes on to describe Einstein's theories. This is an easy read with vivid visuals and great analogies. I would highly recommend this book to scientists and non-scientists alike!
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Espectacular introducción a la Relatividad General de Einstein. Con varios trozos biográficos, el autor introduce la materia y no sólo la hace entretenida: logra que tome tintes épicos. Descubrir los secretos del Universo, nada menos. Como estudiante de primero de ingeniería con vocación de físico, este fue uno de los libros que me animó a cambiar de carrera. Espectacular. Impresionante.
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