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Einstein's mirror / Tony Hey, Patrick Walters.

By: Hey, Anthony J. GContributor(s): Walters, Patrick, 1949-Material type: TextTextPublication details: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997. Description: 1 online resource (xii, 291 pages) : illustrations (some color), mapsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781139336376; 1139336371; 9781139236942; 1139236946; 9781139339698; 1139339699Subject(s): Einstein, Albert, (1879-1955) | Relativity (Physics) | Gravitation | Cosmology | SCIENCE -- Physics -- Relativity | Cosmology | Gravitation | Relativity (Physics) | Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie | Relativiteitstheorie | Relativité (physique) | Cosmologie | Allgemeine RelativitätstheorieGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Einstein's mirror.DDC classification: 530.11 LOC classification: QC173.55 | .H49 1997ebOther classification: 33.21 | UB 5020 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Revolution in time: Einstein's revolution -- Time and clocks -- Experiments with time -- Nature of light: Fields of force -- How light behaves -- Search for the aether -- Is Cleveland, Ohio, the centre of the universe? -- Light and time: Momentous day in May -- Time is relative -- Moving clocks run slow -- Space-time -- Problem twins -- Ultimate speed: Strange behaviour of the velocity of light -- Binary stars and the neutral pion -- Doppler and Einstein -- Faster than light -- E=mc[squared]: Phlogiston and caloric -- Energy and atoms -- Newton meets Einstein -- Equivalence of mass and energy -- Matter and anti-matter: Prologue -- Atoms are reversible -- Radioactivity and the birth of nuclear physics -- Atom and the nucleus: Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr and Manchester -- Relativity, quantum mechanics and electron spin -- Dirac and anti-particles -- Little boy and fat man: relativity in action: Prologue -- Science fact or science fiction? -- Key to the nucleus -- Discovery of nuclear fission -- Tube alloys and the Manhattan engineering district.
Down on earth: Weight of light -- Falling to earth: Galileo and Eotvos -- Gravity, time and red-shifts -- Warped space: Geometry and gravity -- General relativity -- Mirages in space -- Search for Vulcan -- General relativity and the velocity of light -- Big bang, black holes and unified fields: Expanding universe -- Black holes and all that -- Quasar problem -- Two applications of general relativity -- Search for a unified theory -- Afterword: relativity and science fiction: Beginnings -- 'Golden Age' -- Present -- Future.
Review: "The young Einstein was haunted by a strange thought: would his image appear in a mirror whilst he and the mirror were moving at the speed of light? His questions were resolved with the creation of the theory of special relativity. Einstein's Mirror is a book on relativity with a difference. Following the successful format of their earlier book, The Quantum Universe, the authors blend a simple, non-mathematical account of the underlying theory of special relativity and gravitation with a description of the way these theories have been triumphantly supported by experiment." "Final-year students at school, general readers with an interest in science and undergraduates in science subjects will all be able to enjoy and benefit from this novel exposition."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-287) and indexes.

Revolution in time: Einstein's revolution -- Time and clocks -- Experiments with time -- Nature of light: Fields of force -- How light behaves -- Search for the aether -- Is Cleveland, Ohio, the centre of the universe? -- Light and time: Momentous day in May -- Time is relative -- Moving clocks run slow -- Space-time -- Problem twins -- Ultimate speed: Strange behaviour of the velocity of light -- Binary stars and the neutral pion -- Doppler and Einstein -- Faster than light -- E=mc[squared]: Phlogiston and caloric -- Energy and atoms -- Newton meets Einstein -- Equivalence of mass and energy -- Matter and anti-matter: Prologue -- Atoms are reversible -- Radioactivity and the birth of nuclear physics -- Atom and the nucleus: Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr and Manchester -- Relativity, quantum mechanics and electron spin -- Dirac and anti-particles -- Little boy and fat man: relativity in action: Prologue -- Science fact or science fiction? -- Key to the nucleus -- Discovery of nuclear fission -- Tube alloys and the Manhattan engineering district.

Down on earth: Weight of light -- Falling to earth: Galileo and Eotvos -- Gravity, time and red-shifts -- Warped space: Geometry and gravity -- General relativity -- Mirages in space -- Search for Vulcan -- General relativity and the velocity of light -- Big bang, black holes and unified fields: Expanding universe -- Black holes and all that -- Quasar problem -- Two applications of general relativity -- Search for a unified theory -- Afterword: relativity and science fiction: Beginnings -- 'Golden Age' -- Present -- Future.

"The young Einstein was haunted by a strange thought: would his image appear in a mirror whilst he and the mirror were moving at the speed of light? His questions were resolved with the creation of the theory of special relativity. Einstein's Mirror is a book on relativity with a difference. Following the successful format of their earlier book, The Quantum Universe, the authors blend a simple, non-mathematical account of the underlying theory of special relativity and gravitation with a description of the way these theories have been triumphantly supported by experiment." "Final-year students at school, general readers with an interest in science and undergraduates in science subjects will all be able to enjoy and benefit from this novel exposition."--Jacket.

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