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The Curvature of Spacetime: Newton, Einstein, and Gravitation

The Curvature of Spacetime: Newton, Einstein, and Gravitation
 

Explains the meaning and far-flung implications of the general theory of relativity and other mysteries of modern physics by presenting a conversation among Newton, Einstein, and a fictitious contemporary particle physicist named Adrian Haller.

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ISBN 9780231118217
Barcode 9780231118217
Published 15 January 2005 by Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Fritzsch, Harald
Translated by Heusch, Karin
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ISBN-13 9780231118217
ISBN-10 023111821X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 January 2005
International Publication Date 29 December 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Translated from German
Author(s) By Fritzsch, Harald
Translated by Heusch, Karin
Category Popular Science
Relativity Physics
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 496g
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
Dewey Code 530.11
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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 particle 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In his latest book, the renowned German physicist Harold Fritzsch adopts an interesting method of explaining Einstein's relativity theory and its implications. -- Toronto Globe & Mail Fritzsch's The Curvature of Spacetime is a time-travel dialogue set in 1996 between three men: Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein... and an imaginary modern expert, Adrian Haller... As an expository device, the dialogue form is quite successful. It lets Haller teach Einstein and Newton (and us) the current status, experimental and theoretical, of particle physics, drawing the reader into exchanges of view and conflicting ideas more readily than conventional exposition would allow. -- Francis Everitt, Nature There have been many admirable attempts to bring Einstein's ideas to a wider public, and I am sure The Curvature of Spacetime makes a contribution to that process -- Robert Pepperell, Leonardo Review

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Author's Bio

Harald Fritzsch holds the chair in theoretical physics at the University of Munich. He is also a regular visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, and at the Stanford Linear. Accelerator Center of Stanford University. He is the author of many books that have been translated into English, including The Creation of Matter. The Universe from Beginning to End, Quarks. The Stuff of Matter, and An Equation That Changed the World: Newton, Einstein and the Theory of Relativity.

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