Cambridge Catalogue  
  • Help
Home > Catalogue > Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology
Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology
Google Book Search

Search this book

Details

  • Page extent: 330 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.886 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: n/a
  • Dewey version: n/a
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Cosmology
    • Relativity
    • Space and time

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521822800 | ISBN-10: 0521822807)

Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology

Cambridge University Press
0521822807 - Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology - by Jose Wudka
Table of Contents


Contents

Acknowledgmentspage ix
1 The scientific method1
Motivation1
Brief history2
Science’s approach to knowledge4
Notes21
2 From antiquity to Aristotle23
Creation myths: the dawn of cosmology23
The rise of individualism30
From Aristotle to Ptolemy40
Greek science50
Appendix: a creation myth pot pourri54
Notes61
3 From the Middle Ages to heliocentrism63
The look of the time63
The thought of the time70
The magic of the time75
The science of the time79
The heliocentric revolution82
Kepler94
Notes99
4 Galileo and Newton101
The scientific environment101
Galileo Galilei107
Isaac Newton120
Appendix: Galileo and the Inquisition134
Notes138
5 The clouds gather141
Electricity and magnetism143
Waves vs. particles155
Light157
Problems161
Prelude to relativity165
Notes165
6 The Special Theory of Relativity167
Introduction167
Enter Einstein168
Notes197
7 The General Theory of Relativity199
The happiest thought of my life200
Gravitation vs. acceleration204
Light205
Gravitation and energy208
Gravity and space208
The warping of time214
The Einstein equations216
Black holes218
Waves221
Tests of General Relativity222
Notes225
8 The relativistic universe227
Introduction227
The Universe at a glance228
The relativistic universe230
Hubble’s result: the Big Bang Theory237
Puzzles and challenges250
Quo vadis?269
Appendix: measuring the Universe270
Notes282
9 The lives of a star285
Introduction285
Pressure286
Stellar power292
The lives of a star295
Notes306
Bibliography307
Index313

© Cambridge University Press


printer iconPrinter friendly version AddThis