This class is based on the book, An Illustrated Guide to Relativity,
by Tatsu Takeuchi, of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, a delightful book that uses simple space-time diagrams to
visualize and teach the basic features of special relativity. This is
done so well that the material can, in principle, be learned directly
from the figures and annotations without referring to the main text
at all.
Wikipedia Page for Special Relativity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_relativity
Wikipedia Page for General Relativity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity
General relativity, or the general theory of relativity, is the
geometric theory of gravitation published by Albert Einstein in
1916 and the current description of gravitation in modern physics.
General relativity generalises special relativity and Newton's law
of universal gravitation, providing a unified description of
gravity as a geometric property of space and time, or spacetime.
In particular, the curvature of spacetime is directly related to
the energy and momentum of whatever matter and radiation are
present. The relation is specified by the Einstein field
equations, a system of partial differential equations.
Tests of General Relativity <==
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity
Pound-Rebka Experiment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound-Rebka_experiment
Are There Any Good Books on Relativity Theory?
http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Administrivia/rel_booklist.html
What is a black hole, really? <==
http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/BlackHoles/black_holes.html
Video - Monster of the Milky Way - Nova (52 min)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blackhole/program.html
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