Space, Time and

GravitationAn Outline of the

General Relativity Theory

GravitationAn Outline of the

General Relativity Theory

Arthur Stanley Eddington is one of the most influential astrophysicists of the 20th century. Born in Great Britain, he is credited as being a leading teacher of Einstein's theory of relativity in the English world. He is considered a great philosopher of science, and was a boisterous advocate for the popularization of science until his death in 1944. This book, *Space, Theory*, also titled *Space, Time, and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory * is one of his most important and well-read books.

Originally published in 1920, this book was written at a time when information from Germany would have been limited, and thus many of Einstein's theories had not yet been completely digested by the Western world. The purpose of *Space, Theory* is to present the theory of relativity to those without a strong scientific or mathematical background. While mathematical equations do make frequent appearances throughout the text, they are complemented by detailed textual explanations and real-world examples.

The book is presented in a logical manner. The first chapter discusses the very nature of geometry, and how Euclidean geometry is not sufficient for a discussion of the theory of relativity. One must always consider the dimension of time, Eddington argues. It is this discussion that sets the stage for the remainder of the theories presented in this book.

Almost one hundred years after it was written, there are still few better books introducing Einstein's theory of relativity to the layman. Eddington is gifted in taking immensely complex theories and breaking them down to a level that demonstrates their significance in every day life. If you are at all interested in astrophysics, *Space, Theory* is a must read.

BY his theory of relativity Albert Einstein has provoked a revolution of thought in physical science.

The achievement consists essentially in this z — 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 crude — a 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. When space and time are relegated to their proper source — the observer — the world of nature which remains appears strangely unfamiliar; but it is in reality simplified, and the underlying unity of the principal phenomena is now clearly revealed. The deductions from this new outlook have, with one doubtful exception, been confirmed when tested by experiment.

PIBN | 10002040 |

ISBN | 978-1-4400-8964-0 |

ISBN (Hardcover) | 978-1-5279-7528-6 |

Language | English |

Category | Physics |

Pages | 228 |

Words | 77470 |

Vocabulary | 2081 |

Relativity, the

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Eight Lectures on

Theoretical PhysicsDelivered at Columbia

University in 1909

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University in 1909

Classical

PhysicsHigh-Velocity Mechanics

Vol. 3

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Vol. 3

A Sophisticate's

Primer of

Relativity

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Relativity

Treatises on

Light, Colour,

Electricity,

and Magnetism

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Electricity,

and Magnetism

Theory

of Heat

of Heat

The Origin of

Freemasonry and

Knights Templar

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Knights Templar

1000 Things

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Knowing

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Knowing

Philosophy and

the New PhysicsAn Essay on the Relativity

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Theory

Vol. 1

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Vol. 1

RelativityA New View of the Universe

Mathematical

PhysicsElectricity and Magnetism

Vol. 1

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Vol. 1

The Theory

of RelativityAn Introductory Sketch Based on Einstein's

Original Writings Including a Biographical Note

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to Mathematical

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Theory of

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A Treatise on

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An Introduction

to the Theory

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The Energy

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Relations of the Unknowns, Ether, Motion, Matter, Mass,

Energy, Heat, Light, Gravitation, Attraction and Life

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Relations of the Unknowns, Ether, Motion, Matter, Mass,

Energy, Heat, Light, Gravitation, Attraction and Life

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Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light

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The Pythagorean

TriangleOr the Science of Numbers

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Scientific

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Secret From

the Foundation

of the World

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the Foundation

of the World

The Logic

of Modern

Physics

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Physics

Two New

WorldsI. The Infra-World,

II. The Supra-World

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II. The Supra-World

General

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The Ether

of Space

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Clocks and

Watches

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The Lost Language

of SymbolismAn Inquiry Into the Origin of

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Certain Letters, Words, Names,

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Development of the

Quantum TheoryBeing the Nobel Prize Address Delivered

Before the Royal Swedish Academy of

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Finite and Temporal Entity

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Finite and Temporal Entity

A Course of Six

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Forces of Matter,

and Their Relations

to Each Other

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and Their Relations

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Memoir on the Probable

Constitution of Matter,

and Laws of Motion, as

Deducible From, and

Explanatory Of, the Physical

Phenomena of Nature

Constitution of Matter,

and Laws of Motion, as

Deducible From, and

Explanatory Of, the Physical

Phenomena of Nature

The

ElectronIts Isolation and Measurement and the

Determination of Some Its Properties

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Determination of Some Its Properties

The Secret

of Plato's

Atlantis

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Atlantis

The Scientific

Papers of James

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Vol. 1

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Vol. 1

Matter, Force,

and SpiritOr Scientific Evidence of

a Supreme Intelligence

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a Supreme Intelligence

A Treatise on

Electricity

and Magnetism

Vol. 2

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and Magnetism

Vol. 2

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The Key to

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