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To really understand **Einstein's theory of relativity** – one of the cornerstones of modern physics – you have to get to grips with the underlying mathematics. ** A Most Incomprehensible Thing** is aimed at the general reader who is motivated to tackle that not insignificant challenge. With a user-friendly style, clear step-by-step mathematical derivations, many fully solved problems and numerous diagrams, this self-study guide provides an accessible introduction to a fascinating but complex subject.

For those with minimal mathematical background, the first chapter gives a crash course in foundation mathematics. The reader is then taken gently by the hand and guided through a

**Special relativity**helps explain a huge range of non-gravitational physical phenomena and has some strangely counter-intuitive consequences. These include time dilation, length contraction, the relativity of simultaneity, mass-energy equivalence and an absolute speed limit.**General relativity**, the leading theory of gravity, is at the heart of our understanding of cosmology and black holes. Summed up in the words of eminent theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler: “Matter tells space how to curve. Space tells matter how to move.”

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Preface

Introduction

1 Foundation mathematics

2 Newtonian mechanics

3 Special relativity

4 Introducing the manifold

5 Scalars, vectors, one-forms and tensors

6 More on curvature

7 General relativity

8 The Newtonian limit

9 The Schwarzschild metric

10 Schwarzschild black holes

11 Cosmology

12 Gravitational waves

Appendix: The Riemann curvature tensor

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

January 2019 – this revised printing includes new Chapter 11 (cosmology) sections on a scale factor and a spacetime diagram for our universe.

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**Book Description **Incomprehensible Books, United Kingdom, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. 3rd ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. A clear and enjoyable guide to the mathematics of relativityTo really understand relativity - one of the cornerstones of modern physics - you have to get to grips with the mathematics. This user-friendly self-study guide is aimed at the general reader who is motivated to tackle that not insignificant challenge. The book is written using straightforward and accessible language, with clear derivations and explanations as well as numerous fully solved problems. For those with minimal mathematical background, the first chapter provides a crash course in foundation mathematics. The reader is then taken gently by the hand and guided through a wide range of fundamental topics, including Newtonian mechanics; the Lorentz transformations; tensor calculus; the Einstein field equations; the Schwarzschild solution (which gives a good approximation of the spacetime of our Solar System); simple black holes and relativistic cosmology. Following the historic 2015 LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detection, there is now an additional chapter on gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that potentially provide a revolutionary new way to study the universe. Special relativity helps explain a huge range of non-gravitational physical phenomena and has some strangely counter-intuitive consequences. These include time dilation, length contraction, the relativity of simultaneity, mass-energy equivalence and an absolute speed limit. General relativity, the leading theory of gravity, is at the heart of our understanding of cosmology and black holes.Understand even the basics of Einstein's amazing theory and the world will never seem the same again. ContentsPrefaceIntroduction1 Foundation mathematics2 Newtonian mechanics3 Special relativity4 Introducing the manifold5 Scalars, vectors, one-forms and tensors6 More on curvature7 General relativity8 The Newtonian limit9 The Schwarzschild metric10 Schwarzschild black holes11 Cosmology12 Gravitational wavesAppendix: The Riemann curvature tensorBibliographyAcknowledgementsJanuary 2019. This third edition has been revised to make the material even more accessible to the enthusiastic general reader who seeks to understand the mathematics of relativity. Seller Inventory # AAV9780957389465

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