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How Einstein created relativity out of physics and astronomy

Author: David R Topper
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2013.
Series: Astrophysics and space science library, v. 394.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tracks the history of the theory of relativity through Einstein?s life, with in-depth studies of its background as built upon by ideas from earlier scientists. The focus points of Einstein?s theory of relativity include its development throughout his life; the origins of his ideas and his indebtedness to the earlier works of Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Mach and others; the application of the theory to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R Topper
ISBN: 9781461447818 146144781X 9781461447825 1461447828
OCLC Number: 798062618
Description: xv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Genesis : riding a beam of light --
Galileo discovers inertia & the relativity of motion --
Einstein's first famous thought experiment --
Einstein : from Zürich to Bern & the Annus Mirabilis --
Converge, convert, & conserve : physics before Einstein --
pt. 2. Special relativity --
Einstein 1905 : the theory of relativity is born --
The Michelson-Morley muddle --
What does the theory predict? --
From railroad time to space-time --
1911 : the paradox about time --
Is the theory true today? --
pt. 3. General relativity --
Galileo discovers how bodies fall --
1907 : Einstein's second famous thought experiment --
Enter, Mach's principle; or, seduced by an idea --
Einstein's epic intellectual journey : 1907 to 1915 --
1916 : the great summation paper on general relativity --
1920 : Year of fame, year of infamy --
1922 : what is time? Bergson versus Einstein ... and the prize --
1931 : Einstein's first visit to Caltech --
Is the theory true today? --
pt. 4. Cosmology --
Cosmological conundrums and discoveries since Newton --
Einstein 1917 : modern cosmology is born --
Three challenges to Einstein's cosmic model --
1931 : Caltech, again; Einstein meets Hubble --
Cosmology since 1931 : highlights and episodes --
pt. 5. Exodus : quest for a unified field theory --
Roots of, and routes toward, unification --
1931 : Caltech, once more --
Exit, Mach; or, the perils of positivism --
The quest ... and the quarrel over quanta --
Legacy : from pariah to posthumous prophet.
Series Title: Astrophysics and space science library, v. 394.
Responsibility: David R. Topper.

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