Here is a list of the best Relativity books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- Relativity: The Special and General Theory (Routledge Classics) (Volume 95) (1960)
- Special Relativity: For the Enthusiastic Beginner (2017)
- A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity (2017)
- Relativity: The Special and the General Theory – 100th Anniversary Edition (2019)
- Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified (2003)
- A Student’s Guide to General Relativity (Student’s Guides) (2019)
- What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas, and Why They Matter (2016)
- Relativity: A Very Short Introduction (2008)
- Substance and Function and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (1953)
- A Short Course in General Relativity (2005)
- General Relativity (1984)
Relativity is the most important scientific idea of the twentieth century. Albert Einstein is the unquestioned founder of modern physics. His Special and General theories of Relativity introduced the idea to the world.
This book is written for high school and college students learning about special relativity for the first time.
A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity (2017)
To really understand – one of the cornerstones of modern physics – you have to get to grips with the underlying mathematics. is aimed at the general reader who is motivated to tackle that not insignificant challenge.
After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote Relativity. Intended for a popular audience, the book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written.
With this reader-friendly book, it doesn’t take an Einstein to understand the theory of relativity and its remarkable consequences. In clear, understandable terms, physicist Richard Wolfson explores the ideas at the heart of relativity and shows how they lead to such seeming absurdities as time travel, curved space, black holes, and new meaning for the idea of past and future.
A Student’s Guide to General Relativity (Student’s Guides) (2019)
This compact guide presents the key features of general relativity, to support and supplement the presentation in mainstream, more comprehensive undergraduate textbooks, or as a re-cap of essentials for graduate students pursuing more advanced studies. It helps students plot a careful path to understanding the core ideas and basics of differential geometry, as applied to general relativity, without overwhelming them.
It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don’t suck.
If you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up and you get heavier. Travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be flattened thinner than a CD without feeling a thing-and live forever! As for the angles of a triangle, they do not always have to add up to 180 degrees. And then, of course, there are black holes. These are but a few of the extraordinary consequences of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1953. Octavo, wraps, 465 pp. + ads. A bright, Very Good Plus copy. A light crease or two, and a bit of lamination of the film covering, an idea which didn’t work as executed. Sharp copy. L 5000-5 #8,818,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2313 in Relativity Physics (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Suitable for a one-semester course in general relativity for senior undergraduates or beginning graduate students, this text clarifies the mathematical aspects of Einstein’s theory of relativity without sacrificing physical understanding.
General Relativity (1984)
“Wald’s book is clearly the first textbook on general relativity with a totally modern point of view; and it succeeds very well where others are only partially successful. The book includes full discussions of many problems of current interest which are not treated in any extant book, and all these matters are considered with perception and understanding.”—S.
Best Relativity Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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Relativity and Common Sense: A New Approach To Einstein
Author(s): Hermann Bondi
ID: 2304625, Publisher: Dover, Year: December 1980, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf
Sidney Coleman's Lectures on Relativity
Author(s): David J. Griffiths, David Derbes, Richard B. Sohn
ID: 3181793, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2022, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
Relativity Principles and Theories from Galileo to Einstein
Author(s): Olivier Darrigol
ID: 3203769, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2022, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf
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