for Beginners by Joseph Schwartz, Michael
of the first in the series of For Beginners documentary comic books, Einstein
for Beginners still holds up as a perfect introduction to the life and
work of Albert Einstein. It has been said that only a small percentage
of people really understand Einstein's theories, but this book goes a
long way towards making them accessible to everyone.
The River of Time by Igor D. Novikov
nature of time has long fascinated physicists and lay people alike. Time
cannot be slowed or accelerated, undone or turned back. In this marvelous
text, Igor Novikov details the development of our views on time, from
classical Greece to the modern day--and also how recent discoveries indicate
that time machine travel might be possible. Accessible to all, the engaging
style and wonderful illustrations make the book enjoyable to read.
Time: A Traveler's Guide by Clifford A.
writer Pickover uses an alien philosopher Mr. Veil, an assistant at the
Museum of Music, to explain to concept of time travel in terms of modern
relativity. In order to travel backward in time to enjoy the piano playing
of Chopin (whose music functions as a leitmotif here), you must instruct
Veil in the nature of time and space, particularly Einstein's Relativity
Theory. Includes philosophy and computer programs.
Relativity Visualized by Lewis Carroll Epstein
very popular book that explains the theory of relativity in geometric
terms like perspective in a four-dimensional painting. Using only a very
small number of simple equations.
Understanding Relativity: A Simplified Approach to Einstein's
Theories by Leo Sartori
with no prior knowledge of physics and only reasonable proficiency with
algebra can now understand Einstein's special theory of relativity. Effectively
diagrammed and with an emphasis on logical structure, Leo Sartori's rigorous
but simple presentation will guide interested readers through concepts
of relative time and relative space.
An Equation That Changed the World: Newton,
Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Harald Fritzsch, Karin Heusch
Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and a present-day physicist meet in a pub
one night. Inevitably the conversation shifts from the weather to physics,
in particular the equation that is challenged in popularity only by Pythagoras'
classic. Fortunately they realize that the other patrons listening in
have no background in science, and keep the language polite. Fritzsch
(theoretical physics, U. of Munich and the Max Planck Institute) patterns
his conversation after Galileo's Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems,
and includes a glossary and index.
Spacetime Physics: Introduction
to Special Relativity
by Edwin F. Taylor, John Archibald Wheeler, Archibald Wheeler (Contributor)
book is suitable for using as a textbook for an introductory course in
special relativity. Contains lots of exercises for students and self-learners.
Wheeler is an imaginative and dramatic writer even when delivering pedagogy.
The Lighter Side of Gravity by Jayant V. Narlikar
is the most enigmatic of all the known basic forces in nature. This book
presents a beautifully clear and completely nontechnical introduction
to the phenomemon of this force in all its manifestations. Using familiar
analogies, interesting anecdotes, and numerous illustrations to get across
the subtle effects and difficult points to readers, astrophysicist Narlikar
describes the general theory of relativity and some of its strange and
General Relativity from a to B by Robert Geroch
relativity is a math-driven subject but theoretical physicist and relativity
expert Geroch has found a way to explain the theory using only high school
algebra and geometry while maintaining th deep conceptual continuity and
complexity that is so compelling about the fully mathematical theory.