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What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Publication date March 22, 2016
Pages 192
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780231167277
ISBN-10 023116727X
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $18.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole.

The theory of relativity reveals the speed of light as the cosmic speed limit, the mind-bending ideas of time dilation and curvature of spacetime, and what may be the most famous equation in history: E = mc2. Indeed, the theory of relativity shapes much of our modern understanding of the universe. It is not "just a theory"―every major prediction of relativity has been tested to exquisite precision, and its practical applications include the Global Positioning System (GPS). Amply illustrated and written in clear, accessible prose, Bennett's book proves anyone can grasp the basics of Einstein's ideas. His intuitive, nonmathematical approach gives a wide audience its first real taste of how relativity works and why it is so important to science and the way we view ourselves as human beings.

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from Columbia Univ Pr (March 4, 2014)
9780231167260 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.96 lbs | List price $25.95
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Reprint edition from Columbia Univ Pr (March 22, 2016)
9780231167277 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $18.95
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