By James H. Smith
By means of the 12 months 1900, such a lot of physics encompassed within the nice theories of Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell's conception of electromagnetism. regrettably, there have been inconsistencies among the 2 theories that appeared irreconcilable. even though many physicists struggled with the matter, it took the genius of Einstein to work out that the inconsistencies have been involved no longer simply with mechanics and electromagnetism, yet with our most simple principles of house and time. within the designated thought of relativity, Einstein resolved those problems and profoundly altered our perception of the actual universe.
Readers trying to find a concise, well-written rationalization of 1 of crucial theories in sleek physics want seek no extra than this lucid undergraduate-level textual content. Replete with examples that make it in particular compatible for self-study, the booklet assumes just a wisdom of algebra. subject matters contain classical relativity and the relativity postulate, time dilation, the dual paradox, momentum and effort, debris of 0 mass, electrical and magnetic fields and forces, and more.