## Space, Time and Gravitation An Outline of the General Relativity Theory By: Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944) |
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Space, Time and Gravitation, written by Arthur Stanley Eddington, is a comprehensive and astute examination of the General Theory of Relativity. With its concise explanations and clear illustrations, this book serves as an excellent introduction to a complex subject. Eddington begins by outlining the fundamental principles of relativity, explaining how space and time are interconnected and how the presence of matter warps these dimensions. He then delves into the concept of gravitation, providing a detailed explanation of how mass and energy influence the fabric of spacetime. The author's eloquent prose and concise analogies make these intricate concepts accessible, even to readers with limited knowledge of the subject. One of the book's strengths is Eddington's ability to contextualize the theory, addressing the historical and experimental evidence that supports General Relativity. He discusses phenomena such as the precession of Mercury's orbit and the bending of light around massive objects, demonstrating how these observations authenticated Einstein's groundbreaking theory. Furthermore, Eddington's inclusion of mathematical derivations serves to deepen the reader's understanding of the subject matter. Although these equations may prove challenging at times, they are necessary to properly comprehend the intricacies of the theory. Fortunately, the author provides clear explanations alongside the math, ensuring that readers with varying degrees of mathematical proficiency can grasp the underlying concepts. Additionally, the book touches upon the implications of General Relativity beyond the realm of astrophysics. Eddington discusses the philosophical and philosophical implications of this theory, exploring concepts such as the relativity of motion and the nature of causality. These discussions help readers realize the far-reaching impact of Einstein's theory and its relevance to a broader range of disciplines. However, one potential drawback of the book is its focus on theoretical aspects rather than practical applications. Though Eddington provides real-world examples and experimental evidence, readers interested in the engineering and technological implications of General Relativity may feel that this aspect is underrepresented. In conclusion, Space, Time and Gravitation by Arthur Stanley Eddington is a remarkable introduction to the General Theory of Relativity. With its accessible language, clear explanations, and insightful historical context, this book serves as an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the principles that govern the fabric of our universe. By blending scientific rigor with philosophical musings, Eddington leaves readers both informed and inspired. ## First Page:C. Davidson Frontispiece See page 107 eclipse instruments at sobral SPACE TIME AND GRAVITATION AN OUTLINE OF THE GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY BY A. S. EDDINGTON, M.A., M.Sc., F.R.S. PLUMIAN PROFESSOR OF ASTRONOMY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY, CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGE AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1920 Perhaps to move His laughter at their quaint opinions wide Hereafter, when they come to model heaven And calculate the stars: how they will wield The mighty frame: how build, unbuild, contrive To save appearances. Paradise Lost. PREFACE By his theory of relativity Albert Einstein has provoked a revolution of thought in physical science. The achievement consists essentially in this:Einstein has succeeded in separating far more completely than hitherto the share of the observer and the share of external nature in the things we see happen. The perception of an object by an observer depends on his own situation and circumstances; for example, distance will make it appear smaller and dimmer. We make allowance for this almost unconsciously in interpreting what we see. But it now appears that the allowance made for the motion of the observer has hitherto been too crudea fact overlooked because in practice all observers share nearly the same motion, that of the earth. Physical space and time are found to be closely bound up with this motion of the observer; and only an amorphous combination of the two is left inherent in the external world... Continue reading book >> |

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