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General Relativity 1: Newton vs Einstein

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Nov 24, 2013


Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are the two major pillars of 20th century physics. These theories, launched within five years of one another, revolutionized our understanding of nature. They utterly dismantled the conceptual basis of Newtonian physics that had been the gold standard of science for over 200 years, and introduced radically new concepts that defy human intuition. These theories may represent the greatest upheaval in the history of science. Both Relativity and Quantum Mechanics were launched over 100 years ago, yet we are still digesting their broad and stunning implications. Both theories have been exhaustively tested and confirmed to extraordinary precision; as bizarre as they may seem at first, there is no denying that they describe our world as it really is.

Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, published in 1905, applies only to special situations in which everything moves with constant velocity — when there are no forces and no accelerations. In particular, Special Relativity assumes that the effects of gravity are negligible. While this theory revolutionized our understanding of many important natural phenomena, there was clearly a need to extend the theory to include forces and, most importantly, to incorporate gravity.

This book is the first of several in the Everyone’s Guide Series devoted to General Relativity. Here, we will compare the theories of gravity of history’s two greatest physicists: Newton and Einstein. We will discuss Einstein’s “Happiest Moment”, when he discovered the Equivalence Principle, and examine its important consequences. We will also discuss some several unexpectedly complex effects of gravity: tidal forces and time dilation.

Nov 24, 2013

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Dr Robert Piccioni is a physicist, public speaker, educator and expert on cosmology and Einstein's theories. His "Everyone's Guide Series" e-books makes the frontiers of science accessible to all. With short books focused on specific topics, readers can easily mix and match, satisfying their individual interests. Each self-contained book tells its own story. The Series may be read in any order or combination. Robert has a B.S. in Physics from Caltech, a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from Stanford University, was a faculty member at Harvard University and did research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in Palo Alto, Calif. He has studied with and done research with numerous Nobel Laureates. At Caltech, one of his professors was Richard Feynman, one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century, and a good family friend. Dr. Piccioni has introduced cutting-edge science to numerous non-scientific audiences, including school children and civic groups. He was guest lecturer on a National Geographic/Lindblad cruise, and has given invited talks at Harvard, Caltech, UCLA, and Stanford University.

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General Relativity 1 - Robert Piccioni

General Relativity

1: Newton vs. Einstein


Robert L. Piccioni, Ph.D.
Enjoy Exploring Your Universe
with the
Everyone's Guide Series

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Real Science Publishing

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Published in 2013

About the Author

Robert L. Piccioni, Ph.D.

Robert and granddaughter Isabella 

You are never too young or too old to wonder: Why?

Author, physicist, and science educator, Dr. Robert Piccioni explains the wonders of our universe at universities, high schools, churches, civic and business groups, adult education programs, and on cruise ships.

Robert has a B.S. from Caltech and a Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Stanford University. He has taught at Harvard University and at the Osher Institute at UCLA and CSUCI, where students voted him Teacher of the Year.

He ran eight high-tech companies and holds patents in medical devices, semiconductor technology, and smart energy.

Robert is the award-winning author of three popular science books that are all top-rated by readers young and old and by professional reviewers.

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Printed Books, each top-rated by Amazon readers:

• Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe

• Can Life Be Merely An Accident?

• A World Without Einstein

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• Einstein for Everyone

• Einstein and Light

• General Relativity for Everyone

• The Micro-World of Subatomic Particles

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• Can Life Be Merely An Accident?

• Science and Faith

Newsletters on the latest scientific developments

ebook singles The Everyone's Guide Series

• Einstein's Life: Persistence Overcomes Rejection

• Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity

• Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

• Quantum Mechanics

• Atoms & Telling Time with Timeless Atoms

• Particles & Waves: Opposites All In One

• Our Place in the Universe

• We are Made of Stardust

• Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars

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