The theories of special and general relativity represent intellectual high points of modern science, despite being conceived about a century ago. Today, relativity has transformed into a path-breaking, exciting experimental science where scientists make use of distant galaxies to test the general theory and employ gravitational wave detectors to directly confirm the validity of Einstein's grand hypothesis. In Relativity 101, author Trevor Lipscombe, PhD, applies his advanced learning and wit to make relativity interesting and relevant for everyone. The book's content stretches back to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and extends out to the future, explaining seemingly arcane topics like the nature of light, matter in motion, special relativity, time dilation, gravitational lensing, and gravastars in ways that readers without advanced degrees in physics or math can understand--"relativity for the rest of us."
Trevor Lipscombe, PhD, is editor-in-chief of mathematics, physics, and astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University Press and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, Oxford, UK, and has instructed there as well as at the City University of New York, NY and The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. His published works include Greenwood's Albert Einstein: A Biography and The Physics of Rugby.