Einstein's Theories of Relativity and Gravitation by J. Malcolm Bird

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Author Bird, J. Malcolm (James Malcolm), 1886-1964
Other Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Title Einstein's Theories of Relativity and Gravitation
A selection of material from the essays submitted in the competition for the Eugene Higgins prize of $5,000
Original Publication United States: Scientific American Publishing Co.,
Munn & Co.,1921.
Contents The Einstein $5,000 prize: how the contest came to be held, and some of the details of its conduct -- The world--and us: an introductory discussion of the philosophy of relativity, and of the mechanism of our contact with time and space -- The relativity of uniform motion: classical ideas on the subject; the ether and the apparent possibility of absolute motion; the Michelson-Morley experiment and the final negation of this possibility -- The special theory of relativity: what Einstein's study of uniform motion tells us about time and space and the nature of the external reality -- That parallel postulate: modern geometric methods; the dividing line between Euclidean and non-Euclidean; and the significance of the latter -- The space-time continuum: Minkowski's world of events, and the way in which it fits into Einstein's structure -- Relativity: the winning essay in the contest for the Eugene Higgins $5,000 prize -- the new concepts of time and space: the essay in behalf of which the greatest number of dissenting opinions have been recorded -- The principle of relativity: a statement of what it is all about, in ideas of one syllable -- Space, time and gravitation: an outline of Einstein's theory of general relativity -- The principle of general relativity: how Einstein, to a degree never before equalled, isolates the external reality from the observer's contribution -- Force vs. geometry: how Einstein has substituted the second for the first in connection with the cause of gravitation -- An introduction to relativity: a treatment in which the mathematical connections of Einstein's work are brought out more strongly and more successfully than usual in a popular explanation -- New concepts for old: what the world looks like after Einstein has had his way with it -- The New World: a universe in which geometry takes the place of physics, and curvature that of force -- The quest of the absolute: modern developments in theoretical physics, and the climax supplied by Einstein -- The physical side of relativity: the immediate contacts between Einstein's theories and current physics and astronomy -- The practical significance of relativity: the best discussion of the special theory among all the competing essays -- Einstein's theory of relativity: a simple explanation of his postulates and their consequences -- Einstein's theory of gravitation: the discussion of the general theory and its most important application -- The equivalence hypothesis: the discussion of this, with its difficulties and the manner in which Einstein has resolved them -- The general theory: fragments of particular merit on this phase of the subject.
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Language English
LoC Class QC: Science: Physics
Subject Relativity (Physics)
Category Text
EBook-No. 63372
Release Date
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Copyright Status Public domain in the USA.
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