Relativity Demystified

Relativity Demystified
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Minitab Demystified Andrew Sleeper. Relativity Demystified David McMahon. Now anyone can grasp Einstein's great theory of relativity -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ.

In Relativity Demystified, theoretical physicists and student-savvy authors David McMahon and Paul Ansing provide an effective, illuminating, and entertaining way to learn the essentials and formulas of Einstein's theories. With Relativity Demystified, you master the subject one step at a time--at your own speed. Master theoretical physics at your own pace Learn the formulas and principles of special and general relativity from hundreds of worked examples Use practical mathematical tools for solving relativity problems Receive layperson's explanations for Schwarzhild spacetimes, black holes, gravitational radiation, and actual current research Perform better in one of the scariest courses of all Take a final exam and grade it yourself!

Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for those who already know something about relativity, Relativity Demystified is the best self-teaching tool or brush-up you can find! Table of contents Part One: His research involves work on nuclear fusion and the design of nuclear-powered spacecraft. He has a master's degree in physics and a bachelor's in applied mathematics, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

He is currently pursuing a doctorate in theoretical physics in the areas of quantum field theory and the use of general relativity. McMahon is a published author.

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I then read "Tensors, Differential Forms I then read Wald and made a little more progress, but needed to put it all together.

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This is where Demystified comes in to sew together an understanding of both the nitty gritty and big picture. I then later found the freely available notes by Sean Carroll, who incidentally was a class ahead of me at my undergrad. His notes, and likely the book based on these notes, are great for tying together the math and physics in a way a physicist thinks - perhaps the best of the lot.

Relativity Demystified

Relativity Demystified. DAVID McMAHON. McGRAW-HILL. New York Chicago San Francisco Lisbon London Madrid. Mexico City Milan New Delhi San Juan. Relativity Demystified [David McMahon, Paul M. Alsing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This guide to Einstein's theory of relativity.

Anyway, Demystified has it strengths and weaknesses: After all, physicists spend most of their time calculating things. These could leave a novice reader scratching his head. See Marion "Classical Dynamics" p. There are many infractions of this. Use this book if you already have a good understanding of advanced physics and mathematics and some exposure to GR.

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I don't think it would be helpful to many others. While this is not exactly the "learning of relativity at the speed of light" the book advertises, unlike many others of the Demystified series, this volume does indeed have its high points. The lead up to Einstein's Field Equations -- although the notational gymnastics and some of the mathematics was daunting -- is nevertheless first class. In fact, reading between the lines of the book, one could argue that the whole of understanding the mechanics of relativity is grasping fully this single concept: Doing this is not easy either conceptually or mathematically but is a necessity for getting from Newtonian to Einsteinian physics.

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If the reader learns to appreciate that the heavy-duty mathematics is required only for this task, and only in this light, then the ride will be infinitely easier. Even in Taylor and Wheeler's very down to earth treatment of relativity in their "Spacetime Physics" , this kind of understanding is left in the background for the reader to infer and to ferret out on his own. A great deal of time is save in the earlier chapters of this volume by forcing the reader to understand early on why working ones way gradually up the ladder to the tensor Calculus is necessary: One word of caution to the reader, which also is my only serious criticism of the book: The written dialogue is painfully sparse, so every word must be read carefully, weighed and parsed for its full meaning.

It is helpful to read the book three times: First as an overview to see where the author is headed; and then a second time to understand the mathematical content -- especially the dizzy array of notations -- and then finally to put all the pieces together.

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That is, read it a third time just to confirm that one understands fully how the larger concepts match up with the corresponding mathematics. It seems much easier for the authors of physics and mathematical texts to roll out reams of equations than to give just the minimal explanations about how these equations relate to the underlying concepts they are supposed to explain and describe.

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Why leave such important connections to the reader? Realizing that this is not a book of prose, still it would be helpful sometimes to give ample and clearly written explanations, with even god forbid , a little repetition from time to time, just as a guide so that the reader can confirm that he is making the correct interpretations along the way. Anyway, I am hooked on the Demystified Series and hope this book will be great preparation for the upcoming Demystified volume on String Theory.

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You cannot grasp Einstein's general relativity by using this book alone. However, as supplementary material this book is wonderful - illuminating the backbone of the theory and highlighting what is important.

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