The special and the general theory by albert einstein. However, it should also help to accelerate and streamline the process of learning relativity by unifying the introduction to special and general relativity in a single concise book, which can be used as a basis of a onesemester. He states at the beginning of the book that hes trying to keep it concise and at a level where most people should be able to understand the small amounts of mathematics he uses. Thats where einsteins general theory of relativity comes in, because it can explain the general case of any sort of motion. In simplest terms, the theory of relativity is an approach to the measurement and study of space and time. Logical fallacies of einsteins theory gatot soedarto. To be honest i imagine that selflearning relativity to be quite difficult. The first part explains what special relativity is all about. It pays particular attention to the lorentz group and the causal structure of the theory, but also treats the electromagnetic field tensor, spinors, and the topology of minkowski spacetime. This book provides a concise introduction to both the special theory of relativity and the general theory of relativity.
General relativity is the geometric theory of gravitation published by albert einstein in 1916 and the current description of gravitation in modern physics. He writes that einsteins general theory of relativity cannot explain the perihelion motion of mercury. On the 100 th anniversary of albert einsteins general theory of relativity, bennetts book seeks to explain both special and general relativity in a form that a nonexpert could understand. He notes that about half of the book is newer than the lecture notes, that much of the material in the lecture notes was polished and improved when the book. I suggest schutz, a first course in general relativity, because he does a good job on special relativity and introduces all the neccessary math. This is an introduction to einsteins theories of special and general relativity. But please consider getting another edition, because this one is horrible. The special and general theory by albert einstein free ebook project gutenberg. First, the book introduces special relativity in a simple way. The material on general relativity gr is no harder, but much less detailed, so that one cannot hope to get a realistic idea of what gr is really about from this book alone. The special and the general theory began as a short paper and was eventually published as a book written by albert einstein with the aim of giving. The second part discusses general relativity thoroughly and the last part deals with the considerations of the universe as a whole. E5 camera eos1d foldoutcount 0 identifier cu31924011804774 identifierark ark. The laws of physics dont change, even for objects moving in inertial constant speed frames of reference.
The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of pages and is available in paperback format. What is the best book for selflearning special and. This popular book is downloaded over 40 000 times per year and guarantees to be captivating and surprising on every page. The special and general theory albert einstein full view 1920. The special and the general theory ebook written by albert einstein, general press. An accesible version of einsteins masterpiece of theory, written by th. Mathematical theory of special and general relativity. Special and general relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. There are a great number of really excellent books on relativity, but no particular book is good for everyone. Unsolved provblems in special and general relativity. The special and general theory, einsteins own popular translation of the physics that shaped our truths of space and time. In this book he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. The format is chosen to provide the basis for a single semester course which can take the students all the way from the foundations of special relativity to the core results of general relativity.
This is a superb introduction to special relativity, which this writer, who is certainly no genius, was able to work through at age 18 not without effort. General relativity generalises special relativity and newtons law of universal gravitation, providing a unified description of gravity as a geometric property of space and time, or spacetime. Relativity is einsteins attempt to explain special and general relativity to a general audience. The book walks the reader through the development of the special and general theories of relativity and the supporting theories they were built upon. Relativity illustrated special and general relativity by. Starting with the special theory and its limited applicability and the later development of the more universal general theory. This book is a greatlyexpanded version of sean carrolls earlier lecture notes on general relativity, which can still be acquired online, for free, from a page on his current website. In the early 1920s alone, it was translated into ten languages, and fifteen editions in the original german appeared over the course of einsteins lifetime. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. A collection of einsteins own popular writings on his work, this free, ready for download ebook describes the meaning of einsteins main theories in a way that virtually everyone can understand.
The special and general theory albert einstein the physicist and humanitarian took his place beside the great teachers with the publication of relativity. Then, at the end of 1916, he published a small book entitled on the special and the general theory of relativity, generally comprehensible. First of all, it seems that it was written with word instead. Best books to selfstudy general relativity physics forums. The special and the general theory, 100th anniversary edition by einstein, albert isbn. General relativity fall, 2012 the theoretical minimum. The first edition of the novel was published in 1916, and was written by albert einstein. While lorentz failed to discover this relativity due to his belief in newtons. After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in november 1915, albert einstein wrote relativity. There is an old book by max born, called einsteins theory of relativity which explains the special relativity in great detail without any advanced mathematics and a little bit of general relativity it is suitable for those who has not yet started to physics degree or will not, but would like to understand the theory in a deeper and mathematical manner.
As one of the great physicist, lorentz deducted the lorentz factor by which time, length and relativistic mass change for an object while the object is moving. The equality of inertial and gravitational mass as an argument for the general postulate of relativity 21. The first part explains the principles of the special theory of relativity. Along with quantum mechanics in the 1920s, einstein s special theory of relativity 1905 and general theory of relativity 1916 stand as the supreme achievements of twentiethcentury physics. Great introduction to the mathematics of special relativity and some general relativity. Experience and the special theory of relativity 17. The main characters of this science, non fiction story are. Starting with the special theory and its limited applicability and the later development of the more universal general theory, aimed at covering the deficiencies of the former. It is certainly one of the most remarkable achievements of science to date, it was developed by einstein with little or no experimental motivation but driven instead by philosophical questions.
The present book should be helpful at every stage of this traditional threestep approach to general relativity. This work was written with as little mathematics as possible and was designed to appeal to an even broader readership, albeit one still somewhat educated in mathematics or physics. Motion mountain relativity of the adventure of physics. Intended for a popular audience, the book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written. Notes from professor leonard susskind video lectures publicly available on youtube. The general theory of relativity the general theory of relativity is, as the name indicates, a generalization of the special theory of relativity. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read relativity. A handsome annotated edition of einsteins celebrated book on relativity. A listing of technical books for general relativity.
This is the most important finding not just one of the most in the history of human beings. The book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written. This book is suitable for students and scholars interested in studies on physics. It includes the great physicists own explanations of both, the special and general theories. This book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics. This book is devoted to a rigorous mathematical treatment of the flat minkowski spacetime of special relativity.914 1198 854 317 322 1465 1059 1284 495 727 127 1325 795 891 84 1084 396 37 21 721 516 1211 615 926 1332 1248 1210 17 186 1028 379 1301 646 867 248 257 858 1043 257 1395 1251 775 409 843