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An Equation That Changed the World

Newton, Einstein, and the Theory of Relativity

Fritzsch offers readers the opportunity to listen in on a meeting of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and a present-day physicist. While he introduces the theory of relativity, Fritzsch teaches its sources, its workings, and the ways it has revolutionized our view of the physical world. An Equation That Changed the World dramatizes the importance of relativity, for the human race, and the survival of our planet.

"Fritzsch could not give the modern reader a more memorable introduction to the personalities and science of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein unless somehow he could find the keys to H. G. Wells’ time machine. . . . Many readers will applaud Fritzsch for this lively but profoundly insightful book." —Booklist, starred review

"[Fritzsch] has dreamed up a dialogue between the two great physicists, helped along by a fictional modern physicist. . . . The conversation builds up to an explanation of E=mc2, and on the way illuminates the important points where Newtonian and Einsteinian theory diverge." —David Lindley, New York Times Book Review

300 pages | 45 halftones, 41 line drawings, 1 table | 5-1/2 x 9-1/4 | © 1994

History of Science

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition
Editorial Note
1: Newton and the Ocean of Truth
2: Newton and Absolute Space
3: Meeting Newton
4: A Dialogue on Light
5: Newton Meets Einstein
6: The Speed of Light as a Constant of Nature
7: Events, World Lines, and a Paradox
8: Light in Space and Time
9: Time Dilation
10: Fast Muons Live Longer
11: The Twin Paradox
12: Space Contraction
13: The Marvel of Space-Time
14: Mass in Space and Time
15: An Equation That Changed the World
16: The Power of the Sun
17: Lightning at Alamogordo
18: Energy Hidden in the Nucleus
19: Mysterious Antimatter
20: Marveling at Elementary Particles
21: Does Matter Decay?
Sources of Quotations
Suggested Reading

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