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# The Meaning of Relativity

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In 1921, five years after the appearance of his comprehensive paper on general relativity and twelve years before he left Europe permanently to join the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein visited Princeton University, where he delivered the Stafford Little Lectures for that year. These four lectures constituted an overview of his then controversial theory of rel
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Paperback, 176 pages

Published
November 21st 1966
by Princeton University Press
(first published 1922)

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Feb 25, 2013
Manny
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really liked it

Recommends it for:
Physicists interested in history

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why-not-call-it-poetry

I will say at once that there was a great deal I did not understand in this book, which is based on four lectures Einstein gave at Princeton in 1921. Though short, it is very dense, and obviously written for people who know considerably more physics and mathematics than I do. But I had read enough about the content elsewhere to be able to follow the general outlines of the argument, and I will do my best to explain what I got out of it.

Einstein's main goal is to show you how he arrived at the Th ...more

Einstein's main goal is to show you how he arrived at the Th ...more

*A Note on the Sixth Edition*

--The Meaning of Relativity

*Appendix I: On the 'Cosmologic Problem'*

Appendix II: Relativistic Theory of the Non-symmetric Field

Appendix II: Relativistic Theory of the Non-symmetric Field

*Index*

Einstein'ın verdiği örnekler ve algıladığı göreli dünyanın tanımları oldukça açıktır, izlemesi de kolaydır. Ancak sun ...more

Well, I did understand a good deal, compared to the knowledge I already had about the complex theories and lectures discussed in the book. I actually found some satisfying answers to question that itched my mind for some time. However, even though this book did benefit me, I believe that it is more beneficial to those who are more knowledgeable about mathematics and physics than I am, as t ...more

He then goes on to discuss the theory of special relativity. He shows how this problem is solved by assuming that time and space are absolute. He also discusses the Lorentz transformations and M ...more

Oct 21, 2012
Stefano
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it was ok
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E' chiaro che le due stelline non sono il voto alla teoria della relativit� quanto piuttosto alla mia (in)capacit� di comprendere la matematica che ne sta alla base. Sar� meglio tornare a leggere libri pi� divulgativi.

Nov 16, 2009
Ahmad
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when the time is not absolute it is so difficult to imagine such univers.i believe relativity theory is the begining of a new way of undrestanding of the world by mixing of experiences and deep imagination.

Nu e chiar pe intelesul tuturor (cei ca mine, care habar n-au de fizica), dar explica destul de detaliat asa incat, daca te chinui (si citesti de mai multe ori), vei intelege.

Jun 01, 2009
Joyce F
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really liked it

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Non-Scientists Who Want To Know

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I am not a scientist, but I was curious and this book really helped. I highly recommend it. Also ... a good idea to read this or another like it before picking up quantum theory/mechanics texts.

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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming
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