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The Resource Introduction to relativity, William D. McGlinn

Introduction to relativity, William D. McGlinn

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Introduction to relativity
Title
Introduction to relativity
Statement of responsibility
William D. McGlinn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation Special relativity is a cornerstone of the structure of all fundamental theories, and general relativity has blossomed from Einstein's original theory into a cutting-edge applied science. Applications of Einstein's field equations describe such phenomena as supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, the spiraling paths of binary pulsars, gravitational lensing caused by massive compact halo objects (Macho's), and the possibility of detecting gravitational waves emitted in cataclysmic cosmic events. In Introduction to Relativity, physics teacher and researcher Bill McGlinn explains the fundamental concepts of Einstein's special and general theories of relativity. He describes the basic consequences of special relativity - length contraction and time dilation - and the enigma of the twin paradox, as well as the Doppler shift of light. Relativistic dynamics is contrasted to Newtonian dynamics, followed by a discussion of relativistic tensor fields, including those of the electromagnetic field and the energy-momentum density of fluids. After a study of Einstein's early attempt at incorporating the equivalence principle into physics, McGlinn presents the general theory of relativity, discussing the three classic tests of relativity: the deflection of light by a gravitational field; the precession of perihelia; and the gravitational redshift of light. He also discusses other important applications, such as the dynamics of orbiting gyroscopes, the properties of stellar interiors, and black holes. The book ends with a chapter on cosmology, which includes discussions of kinematics and dynamics of the famed Robertson-Walker metric, Hubble's constant, cosmological constant, and cosmic microwave background radiation. For anyone seeking a brief, clear overview of modern general relativity which emphasizes physics over mathematics, McGlinn's Introduction to Relativity is indispensable
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McGlinn, William D
Dewey number
530.11
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC173.55
LC item number
.M38 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Relativity (Physics)
  • SCIENCE
  • Relativity (Physics)
Label
Introduction to relativity, William D. McGlinn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-200) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
51493419
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 205 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801870477
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51493419
Label
Introduction to relativity, William D. McGlinn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-200) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
51493419
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 205 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801870477
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51493419

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