Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (1879  1955) LibriVox

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This is an introduction to Einstein’s spacebending, timestretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. Einstein’s theories shocked the world with their counterintuitive results, including the dissolution of absolute time. In this book he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. In the words of Einstein: “The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” The book is challenging at times but, when approached patiently, proves itself one of the most lucid explanations of Relativity to be found anywhere. [Due to transcription or optical character recognition errors in creating online texts, and because of lessthanclear fonts in some printed texts, the variables as read in some of the equations here are not as Einstein intended. For example, the numeral ‘one’ has frequently been printed and read as the letter ‘I.’ In addition, some equations do not translate well into the spoken word. If you require completely accurate renditions of Einstein’s mathematical formulas, we suggest that you consult a published text.] — Summary written by Kelly Bescherer [and Laurie Anne Walden]


Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity01. Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions02. The System of Coordinates03. Space and Time in Classical Mechanics

04. The Galileian System of Coordinates05. The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense)06. The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities employed in Classical Mechanics

07. The Apparent Incompatability of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity08. On the Idea of Time in Physics09. The Relativity of Simultaneity

10. On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance11. The Lorentz Transformation12. The Behaviour of MeasuringRods and Clocks in Motion

13. Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau14. The Hueristic Value of the Theory of Relativity15. General Results of the Theory