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The Curvature of Spacetime: Newton, Einstein, and Gravitation

The Curvature of Spacetime: Newton, Einstein, and Gravitation (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Fritzsch, Harald
Translated by Heusch, Karin

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The internationally renowned physicist Harald Fritzsch deftly explains the meaning and far-flung implications of the general theory of relativity and other mysteries of modern physics by presenting an imaginary conversation among Newton, Einstein, and a fictitious contemporary pa...rticle physicist named Adrian Haller -- the same device Fritzsch employed to great acclaim in his earlier book An Equation That Changed the World, which focused on the special theory of relativity. Einstein's theory of gravitation, his general theory of relativity, touches on basic questions of our existence. Matter, according to Einstein, has no existence independent of space and time. It is even capable of bending the structure of space and changing the course of time -- it introduces a "curvature." Gravity emerges not as an actual physical force but as a consequence of space-time geometry. Even the apple that drops from the tree follows the curvature of time and space. In this entertaining and involving account of relativity, Newton serves as the skeptic and asks the questions a modern reader might ask.Einstein himself does the explaining, while Haller explains the new developments that have occurred since the general theory was proposed. The result is an intellectual roller-coaster ride in which concepts that have entered the vernacular become clear for the first time: the Big Bang, "black holes," elementary particles, and much more.
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ISBN 9780231118200
Released NZ 15 Feb 2002
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780231118200
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Feb 2002
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Translated from German
Author(s) By Fritzsch, Harald
Translated by Heusch, Karin
Category Popular Science
Relativity Physics
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 530.11
Weight 612g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Relativity (Physics), Gravitation, Physicists, Interviews
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly