relativity a very short introduction by russell stannard might be a good introduction but not as lucid as some of the books above relativity by albert einstein not recommended its great if you want to see how einstein explained it but it is generally not a good introduction cumbersome difficult and boring. The very short introductions series of oxford university press offers a gateway to the broad scope of knowledge in books usually slightly more than 100 pages in length written by distinguished scholars i have learned a great deal from the series both about subjects that i know and about subjects that i dont relativity falls easily into . Relativity a very short introduction russell stannard very short introductions explains both the special theory of relativity and the general theory and how they differed from existing newtonian and euclidian concepts of space and time looks at the evidence that gave rise to the theory of relativity and how it has been tested and proved since. Relativity a very short introduction makes the theory of relativity understandable and accessible 100 years ago einsteins theory of relativity shattered the world of physics our comforting newtonian ideas of space and time were replaced by bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions if you move at high speed time slows down space squashes up and you get heavier travel fast enough and you . This authoritative and entertaining very short introduction makes the theory of relativity accessible and understandable using very little mathematics russell stannard explains the important concepts of relativity from emc2 to black holes and explores the theorys impact on science and on our understanding of the universe
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