It's about time, understanding Einstein's relativity, N. David Mermin

Language

eng

Bibliography note

Includes bibliographical references and index

Illustrations

illustrations

Index

index present

Literary Form

non fiction

Main title

It's about time

Nature of contents

bibliography

Oclc number

57283944

Responsibility statement

N. David Mermin

Review

"This readable and complete exposition of the nature of time as addressed in Einstein's special theory of relativity is accessible to readers without training in the sciences. Published on the 100th anniversary of Einstein's famous 1905 paper, it assumes only competency in simple high school algebra and a bit of elementary plane geometry." "The premise of the book is that relativity ought to be an important part of everyone's education because it is largely about time, a subject with which all are familiar. The book reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously explained without advanced mathematics." "The book evolved as Mermin taught the subject to diverse groups of undergraduates at Cornell University, none of them science majors, over three and a half decades. Mermin's approach is imaginative, yet accurate and complete." "The book will appeal to intellectually curious readers of all kinds, including even professional physicists, who will be intrigued by its highly original approach."--Jacket

Sub title

understanding Einstein's relativity

Table Of Contents

The principle of relativity -- Combining (small) velocities -- The speed of light -- Combining (any) velocities -- Simultaneous events; synchronized clocks -- Moving clocks run slowly; moving sticks shrink -- Looking at a moving clock -- The interval between events -- Trains of rockets -- Space-time geometry -- E = Mc² -- A bit about general relativity -- What makes it happen?