Cultural Studies on Einstein s Relativity

Cultural Studies on Einstein   s Relativity
Author: Ernst Gehrcke
Publsiher: GogLiB
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2022-05-21
ISBN: 8897527590
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cultural Studies on Einstein s Relativity Book Excerpt:

Why study Einstein’s relativity from a cultural point of view—the theory as well as the universal consensus it receives? On the one hand, every human phenomenon can be looked at from this point of view, but here we are faced with something special: the American magazine Time, which every December dedicates a cover to the “person of the year”, on the latest issue in 1999 named the “person of the century”, and who was this person, if not Einstein? From 1919 in a sensational way, but the signs of the phenomenon began to be observed already around 1910, the author of a theory that is almost impossible to make understandable to those who are not specialists enjoys generalized consensus among specialists and a popularity by the public of the whole world which has remained unchanged until the present. No one expressed this better than Chaplin, once he was acclaimed in public in the company of Einstein: “They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you.” The little-known contemporary Gehrcke, if we have the patience to follow him, could lead the way to understand something of this. Ernst Gehrcke (1878-1960) was an academic physicist, a good connoisseur of Kant’s philosophy, a technologist of electromagnetism, inventor of instruments for measuring interference, an editor of monumental manuals on optics and radiology, an expert in palaeontology and prehistory (some photographs available on the Internet show him intent on ordering geological samples and lithic finds), and in addition to all this he was the first to think that it was necessary to study relativity from a cultural point of view. In this book we will read his attempts in this direction, which began in 1912, when general relativity did not yet exist, but special relativity had already inflamed with enthusiasm some students and physicists of the new generation, in Germany and beyond.

The Routledge Guidebook to Einstein s Relativity

The Routledge Guidebook to Einstein s Relativity
Author: James Trefil
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2015-02-20
ISBN: 1317549988
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Guidebook to Einstein s Relativity Book Excerpt:

Albert Einstein, one of the most prolific scientists of the twentieth century, developed the theory of relativity which was crucial for the advancement of modern physics. Young Einstein identified a paradox between Newtonian Mechanics and Maxwell’s equations which pointed to a flawed understanding of space and time by the scientists of the day. In Relativity, Einstein presents his findings using a minimal amount of mathematical language, but the text can still be challenging for readers who lack an extensive scientific background. The Routledge Guidebook to Einstein’s Relativity expands on and supplements this seminal text, by exploring: the historical context of Einstein’s work and the background to his breakthroughs details of experimental verification of special and general relativity the enduring legacy of Einstein’s theories and their implications for future scientific breakthroughs. This is an essential introduction for students of physics, philosophy and history in understanding the key elements of the work and the importance of this classic text to society today.

Simply Einstein Relativity Demystified

Simply Einstein  Relativity Demystified
Author: Richard Wolfson
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2003-11-17
ISBN: 0393242188
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Simply Einstein Relativity Demystified Book Excerpt:

With this reader-friendly book, it doesn't take an Einstein to understand the theory of relativity and its remarkable consequences. In clear, understandable terms, physicist Richard Wolfson explores the ideas at the heart of relativity and shows how they lead to such seeming absurdities as time travel, curved space, black holes, and new meaning for the idea of past and future. Drawing from years of teaching modern physics to nonscientists, Wolfson explains in a lively, conversational style the simple principles underlying Einstein's theory. Relativity, Wolfson shows, gave us a new view of space and time, opening the door to questions about their flexible nature: Is the universe finite or infinite? Will it expand forever or eventually collapse in a "big crunch"? Is time travel possible? What goes on inside a black hole? How does gravity really work? These questions at the forefront of twenty-first-century physics are all rooted in the profound and sweeping vision of Albert Einstein's early twentieth-century theory. Wolfson leads his readers on an intellectual journey that culminates in a universe made almost unimaginably rich by the principles that Einstein first discovered.

Relativity Principles and Theories from Galileo to Einstein

Relativity Principles and Theories from Galileo to Einstein
Author: Olivier Darrigol
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2021-12-22
ISBN: 0192666185
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Relativity Principles and Theories from Galileo to Einstein Book Excerpt:

Motion is always relative to some thing. Is this thing a concrete body like the earth, is it an abstract space, or is it an imagined frame? Do the laws of physics depend on the choice of reference? It there a choice for which the laws are simplest? Is this choice unique? Is there a physical cause for the choice made? These questions traverse the history of modern physics from Galileo to Einstein. The answers involved Galilean relativity, Newton's absolute space, the purely relational concepts of Descartes, Leibniz, and Mach, and many forgotten uses of relativity principles in mechanics, optics, and electrodynamics - until the relativity theories of Poincaré, Einstein, Minkowksi, and Laue radically redefined space and time to satisfy universal kinds of relativity. Accordingly, this book retraces the emergence of relativity principles in early modern mechanics, documents their constructive use in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mechanics, optics, and electrodynamics, and gives a well-rooted account of the genesis of special and general relativity in the early twentieth century. As an exercise in long-term history, it demonstrates the connectivity of issues and approaches across several centuries, despite enormous changes in context and culture. As an account of the genesis of relativity theories, it brings unprecedented clarity and fullness by broadening the spectrum of resources on which the principal actors drew.

Einstein Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity

Einstein  Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity
Author: William Lane Craig,Quentin Smith
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2007-11-08
ISBN: 1134003889
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Einstein Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity Book Excerpt:

Einstein, Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity is an anthology of original essays by an international team of leading philosophers and physicists who have come together to reassess the contemporary paradigm of the relativistic concept of time. A great deal has changed since 1905 when Einstein proposed his Special Theory of Relativity, and this book offers a fresh reassessment of Special Relativity’s relativistic concept of time in terms of epistemology, metaphysics, and physics.

The Logical Flaws of Einstein s Relativity

The Logical Flaws of Einstein s Relativity
Author: Leonard Parish
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 188
Release: 1977
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Relativity (Physics)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Introducing Special Relativity

Introducing Special Relativity
Author: W.S.C. Williams
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2002-05-02
ISBN: 9780415277624
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introducing Special Relativity Book Excerpt:

Introducing Special Relativity provides an easy and rewarding way into special relativity for first and second year university students studying physics. The author establishes the fundamentals of relativity at the outset of this book so readers fully understand the principles and know how to them before moving on to subjects, like time dilation, that often are a source of difficulty for students. The primary topics addressed include conserved relativistic energy and momentum, applications of the Lorentz transformation, and developments in 20th-century physics. This volume also reviews some of the early experiments in the development of special relativity.

Victorian Relativity

Victorian Relativity
Author: Christopher Herbert
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2001-06
ISBN: 9780226327327
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Victorian Relativity Book Excerpt:

One of the articles of faith of twentieth-century intellectual history is that the theory of relativity in physics sprang in its essentials from the unaided genius of Albert Einstein; another is that scientific relativity is unconnected to ethical, cultural, or epistemological relativisms. Victorian Relativity challenges these assumptions, unearthing a forgotten tradition of avant-garde speculation that took as its guiding principle "the negation of the absolute" and set itself under the militant banner of "relativity." Christopher Herbert shows that the idea of relativity produced revolutionary changes in one field after another in the nineteenth century. Surveying a long line of thinkers including Herbert Spencer, Charles Darwin, Alexander Bain, W. K. Clifford, W. S. Jevons, Karl Pearson, James Frazer, and Einstein himself, Victorian Relativity argues that the early relativity movement was bound closely to motives of political and cultural reform and, in particular, to radical critiques of the ideology of authoritarianism. Recuperating relativity from those who treat it as synonymous with nihilism, Herbert portrays it as the basis of some of our crucial intellectual and ethical traditions.

Relativity and Geometry

Relativity and Geometry
Author: Roberto Torretti
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 417
Release: 1996-01-01
ISBN: 0486690466
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Relativity and Geometry Book Excerpt:

Early in this century, it was shown that the new non-Newtonian physics -- known as Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity -- rested on a new, non-Euclidean geometry, which incorporated time and space into a unified "chronogeometric" structure. This high-level study elucidates the motivation and significance of the changes in physical geometry brought about by Einstein, in both the first and the second phase of Relativity. After a discussion of Newtonian principles and 19th-century views on electrodynamics and the aether, the author offers illuminating expositions of Einstein's electrodynamics of moving bodies, Minkowski spacetime, Einstein's quest for a theory of gravity, gravitational geometry, the concept of simultaneity, time and causality and other topics. An important Appendix -- designed to define spacetime curvature -- considers differentiable manifolds, fiber bundles, linear connections and useful formulae. Relativity continues to be a major focus of interest for physicists, mathematicians and philosophers of science. This highly regarded work offers them a rich, "historico-critical" exposition -- emphasizing geometrical ideas -- of the elements of the Special and General Theory of Relativity.

Einstein s Berlin

Einstein s Berlin
Author: Dieter Hoffmann
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2013-10
ISBN: 1421410400
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Einstein s Berlin Book Excerpt:

Dieter Hoffmann conveys how Einstein's life and work were linked to the scientific and social life of the city and inspires the reader to explore the places where he made his mark.

The Special Theory of Relativity

The Special Theory of Relativity
Author: Farook Rahaman
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN: 8132220803
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Special Theory of Relativity Book Excerpt:

The book expounds the major topics in the special theory of relativity. It provides a detailed examination of the mathematical foundation of the special theory of relativity, relativistic mass, relativistic mechanics and relativistic electrodynamics. As well as covariant formulation of relativistic mechanics and electrodynamics, the book discusses the relativistic effect on photons. Using a mathematical approach, the text offers graduate students a clear, concise view of the special theory of relativity. Organized into 14 chapters and two appendices, the content is presented in a logical order, and every topic has been dealt with in a simple and lucid manner. To aid understanding of the subject, the book provides numerous relevant worked examples in every chapter. The book’s mathematical approach helps students in their independent study and motivates them to research the topic further.

The Road to Relativity

The Road to Relativity
Author: Hanoch Gutfreund,Jürgen Renn
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2017-05-09
ISBN: 0691175810
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Road to Relativity Book Excerpt:

An annotated facsimile edition of Einstein's handwritten manuscript on the foundations of general relativity This richly annotated facsimile edition of "The Foundation of General Relativity" introduces a new generation of readers to Albert Einstein's theory of gravitation. Written in 1915, this remarkable document is a watershed in the history of physics and an enduring testament to the elegance and precision of Einstein's thought. Presented here is a beautiful facsimile of Einstein's original handwritten manuscript, along with its English translation and an insightful page-by-page commentary that places the work in historical and scientific context. Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn's concise introduction traces Einstein's intellectual odyssey from special to general relativity, and their essay "The Charm of a Manuscript" provides a delightful meditation on the varied afterlife of Einstein's text. Featuring a foreword by John Stachel, this handsome edition also includes a biographical glossary of the figures discussed in the book, a comprehensive bibliography, suggestions for further reading, and numerous photos and illustrations throughout.

Relativity and Gravitation

Relativity and Gravitation
Author: Jiří Bičák,Tomáš Ledvinka
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 590
Release: 2014-06-06
ISBN: 3319067613
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Relativity and Gravitation Book Excerpt:

In early April 1911 Albert Einstein arrived in Prague to become full professor of theoretical physics at the German part of Charles University. It was there, for the first time, that he concentrated primarily on the problem of gravitation. Before he left Prague in July 1912 he had submitted the paper “Relativität und Gravitation: Erwiderung auf eine Bemerkung von M. Abraham” in which he remarkably anticipated what a future theory of gravity should look like. At the occasion of the Einstein-in-Prague centenary an international meeting was organized under a title inspired by Einstein's last paper from the Prague period: "Relativity and Gravitation, 100 Years after Einstein in Prague". The main topics of the conference included: classical relativity, numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, quantum gravity, experimental aspects of gravitation and conceptual and historical issues. The conference attracted over 200 scientists from 31 countries, among them a number of leading experts in the field of general relativity and its applications. This volume includes abstracts of the plenary talks and full texts of contributed talks and articles based on the posters presented at the conference. These describe primarily original results of the authors. Full texts of the plenary talks are included in the volume "General Relativity, Cosmology and Astrophysics--Perspectives 100 Years after Einstein in Prague", eds. J. Bičák and T. Ledvinka, published also by Springer Verlag.

The Formative Years of Relativity

The Formative Years of Relativity
Author: Hanoch Gutfreund,Jürgen Renn
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 430
Release: 2017-09-26
ISBN: 0691174636
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Formative Years of Relativity Book Excerpt:

First published in 1922 and based on lectures delivered in May 1921, Albert Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity offered an overview and explanation of the then new and controversial theory of relativity. The work would go on to become a monumental classic, printed in numerous editions and translations worldwide. Now, The Formative Years of Relativity introduces Einstein’s masterpiece to new audiences. This beautiful volume contains Einstein’s insightful text, accompanied by important historical materials and commentary looking at the origins and development of general relativity. Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn provide fresh, original perspectives, placing Einstein’s achievements into a broader context for all readers. In this book, Gutfreund and Renn tell the rich story behind the early reception, spread, and consequences of Einstein’s ideas during the formative years of general relativity in the late 1910s and 1920s. They show that relativity’s meaning changed radically throughout the nascent years of its development, and they describe in detail the transformation of Einstein’s work from the esoteric pursuit of one individual communicating with a handful of colleagues into the preoccupation of a growing community of physicists, astronomers, mathematicians, and philosophers. This handsome edition quotes extensively from Einstein’s correspondence and reproduces historical documents such as newspaper articles and letters. Inserts are featured in the main text giving concise explanations of basic concepts, and short biographical notes and photographs of some of Einstein’s contemporaries are included. The first-ever English translations of two of Einstein’s popular Princeton lectures are featured at the book’s end.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
Author: Jeremy Bernstein
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 194
Release: 1996
ISBN: 0195092759
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Albert Einstein Book Excerpt:

Examines the personality as well as the thought process which led this physicist to his discoveries which have helped shape our understanding of the natural world.

Relativistic Hydrodynamics

Relativistic Hydrodynamics
Author: Luciano Rezzolla,Olindo Zanotti
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 752
Release: 2013-09-26
ISBN: 0198528906
Category: Mathematics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Relativistic Hydrodynamics Book Excerpt:

This book provides an up-to-date, lively and approachable introduction to the mathematical formalism, numerical techniques and applications of relativistic hydrodynamics. The topic is presented here in a form which will be appreciated both by students and researchers in the field.

Einstein The First Hundred Years

Einstein  The First Hundred Years
Author: Maurice Goldsmith,Alan Mackay,James Woudhuysen
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2013-09-03
ISBN: 1483152871
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Einstein The First Hundred Years Book Excerpt:

Einstein: The First Hundred Years presents the great contribution of Albert Einstein to the development of science. This book discusses the significant role of Einstein's existence as a scientist who turned out to be a great public figure that changed the society's consciousness of science for good. Organized into five parts encompassing 17 chapters, this book begins with an overview of Albert Einstein's achievement as the greatest theoretical physicist of his age and he was universally recognized at 37. This text then provides Einstein's major contribution to the special and general theories of relativity. Other chapters consider Einstein's work on the development of quantum theory for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1921. This book discusses as well Brownian movement and statistical theories by Einstein. The final chapter deals with the increasing widespread interest in Einstein's work. This book is a valuable resource for scientists, physicists, teachers, and students.

A New Perspective on Relativity

A New Perspective on Relativity
Author: Bernard H. Lavenda
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 695
Release: 2012
ISBN: 9814340480
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A New Perspective on Relativity Book Excerpt:

Starting off from noneuclidean geometries, apart from the method of Einstein's equations, this book derives and describes the phenomena of gravitation and diffraction. A historical account is presented, exposing the missing link in Einstein's construction of the theory of general relativity: the uniformly rotating disc, together with his failure to realize, that the Beltrami metric of hyperbolic geometry with constant curvature describes exactly the uniform acceleration observed. This book also explores these questions: * How does time bend? * Why should gravity propagate at the speed of light? * How does the expansion function of the universe relate to the absolute constant of the noneuclidean geometries? * Why was the Sagnac effect ignored? * Can Maxwell's equations accommodate mass? * Is there an inertia due solely to polarization? * Can objects expand in elliptic geometry like they contract in hyperbolic geometry?

STUDIES ON GRAVITATIONAL FIELD EQUATIONS AND IMPORTANT RESULTS OF RELATIVISTIC COSMOLOGY

STUDIES ON GRAVITATIONAL FIELD EQUATIONS AND IMPORTANT RESULTS OF RELATIVISTIC COSMOLOGY
Author: Dr. Amit Prakash
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 122
Release: 2022
ISBN: 035997287X
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

STUDIES ON GRAVITATIONAL FIELD EQUATIONS AND IMPORTANT RESULTS OF RELATIVISTIC COSMOLOGY Book Excerpt:

Albert Einstein s Special Theory of Relativity

Albert Einstein   s Special Theory of Relativity
Author: Arthur I. Miller
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 378
Release: 1997-11-25
ISBN: 9780387948706
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Albert Einstein s Special Theory of Relativity Book Excerpt:

An analysis of one of the three great papers Einstein published in 1905, each of which was to alter forever the field it dealt with. The second of these papers, "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", established what Einstein sometimes referred to as the "so-called Theory of Relativity". Miller uses the paper to provide a window on the intense intellectual struggles of physicists in the first decade of the 20th century: the interplay between physical theory and empirical data; the fiercely held notions that could not be articulated clearly or verified experimentally; the great intellectual investment in existing theories, data, and interpretations - and associated intellectual inertia - and the drive to the long-sought-for unification of the sciences. Since its original publication, this book has become a standard reference and sourcebook for the history and philosophy of science; however, it can equally well serve as a text on twentieth-century philosophy.