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Sidelights on Relativity (Illustrated Edition)

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3/5 (14 valutazioni)
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56 pagine
26 minuti
Pubblicato:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781447483298
Formato:
Libro

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Two unabridged addresses summarizing aspects of Einstein's Special and General Theories of Relativity comprise this succinct volume. The first, Ether and Relativity, was delivered in 1920 and examines the properties demanded of the ether of space by the theory of relativity. Geometry and Experience, delivered the following year, describes the limits within which the Euclidean system can be held to be approximately true in relation to the concept of a finite universe. Written clearly and concisely, these lectures are a fascinating read for both scientist and layman. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Pubblicato:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781447483298
Formato:
Libro

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Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was born in Germany and became an American citizen in 1940. A world-famous theoretical physicist, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics and is renowned for his Theory of Relativity. In addition to his scientific work, Einstein was an influential humanist who spoke widely about politics, ethics, and social causes. After leaving Europe, Einstein taught at Princeton University. His theories were instrumental in shaping the atomic age.

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    This little book, Sidelights on Relativity, presents two lectures given by Einstein. The first, concerns the relation between the ether concept and general relativity. Einstein concludes that the concept of empty space in general relativity is an existing entity, which may have properties (in analogy to the ether), but these properties are not mechanical or material in any sense, neither solid nor fluid. The second lecture, Geometry and Experience, gives a perfect example of the kind of property that empty space (modern version of the ether) may have. This property is that of 'curvature' which is the central concept of general relativity theory. He relates this concept to the geometrical measurements which are actually made in practice, in the sense of geometry as a physical science. He also gives some hints which may help the reader to visualize higher dimensional spaces. In addition, this lecture includes Einstein's often quoted remark "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality". For Newton, the space between particles was absolutely empty, consisting of exactly nothing. In the 19th century some physicists considered the possibility that space could be filled with a medium (the ether) with material properties (solid or liquid) which could support vibrations (oscillations of motion). Einstein rejected both of these views and introduced the idea of a space which could have non-material properties but not material properties. This key concept has had an influence in both relativity theories and quantum theories, but its full implication has not yet been assimilated by the scientific culture. Thus this book may be of greater significance than the title suggests. This book is reminiscent of the book Essays in Science (Philosophical Library, 1930's) which is a collection of writings by Einstein on various scientific subjects. That book is abstracted from a still earlier work Mein Weltbild which gives Einstein's views on many topics including social issues.