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" I do not see any reason to assume that ... the principle of general relativity is restricted to gravitation and that the rest of physics can be dealt with separately on the basis of special relativity ... I do not think that such an attitude, although historically understandable, can be objectively justified ... In other words, I do not believe that it is justifiable to ask: what would physics look like without gravitation? "
Albert Einstein, Scientific American, April 1950

Relativity without Special Relativity

Relativity in Curved Spacetime
tries to find a more straightforward way to present the truly fundamental ideas of relativity theory. Instead of trying to teach the old divisions and special-case exceptions, it asks, What do we know? What are the big ideas? What seems to work? And what doesn't? It argues that the principles of general relativity make Einstein's earlier "special" theory redundant, and that retaining the special theory makes the theory unnecessarily complicated and counter-intuitive. Preserving special relativity makes modern relativity theory more complicated and less reliable than it should have been.

Aimed at the general reader, and with more than 200 illustrations and diagrams, the book covers subjects as diverse as cosmology, the speed of light, logic and psychology, E=mc˛, wormholes and warpdrives, in an attempt to answer the question : What would relativity look like without special relativity?

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394 printed pages: pp. i-xvi, 1-378. Colour cover, 234×156mm, ~200 b&w illustrations

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