An introduction to general relativity by L. P. Hughston

By L. P. Hughston

This long-awaited textbook deals a concise one-semester creation to easy basic relativity compatible for arithmetic and physics undergraduates. Emphasis is put on the student's improvement of either an exceptional actual clutch of the topic and a cosmopolitan calculational facility. The textual content is supplemented via a variety of geometrical diagrams and by way of a wide number of not easy workouts and difficulties.

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The second question is known as the “pole-barn paradox” or “ladder paradox”. 75c and carrying a horizontal pole 15 m long towards a barn 10m long, with front and rear doors. When the runner and the pole are inside the barn, a ground observer closes and then opens both doors (by remote control) so that the runner and pole are momentarily captured inside the barn and then proceed to exit the barn from the back door. One may be surprised to see a 15-m pole fit inside a 10-m barn. 9 m (check using equations).

And so from both perspectives the garage manages to contain the ladder. ) Figure 1 - A Minkowski diagram of the case where the ladder is stopped all along its length, simultaneously in the garage frame. When this occurs, the garage frame sees the ladder as AB, but the ladder frame sees the ladder as AC. When back of the ladder enters the garage at point D, it has not yet felt the effects of the deceleration. At this time, according to someone at rest with respect to the back of the ladder, the front of the ladder will be at point E and will see the ladder as DE.

The Fizeau experiment is consistent with relativity and approximately consistent with each individual body, such as prisms, lenses etc. dragging its own aether with it. This contradicts some modified versions of the aether drag hypothesis that argue that aether drag may happen on a global (or larger) scale and stellar aberration is merely transferred into the entrained “bubble” around the earth which then faithfully carries the modified angle of incidence directly to the observer. The Michelson-Morley experiment The Michelson-Morley experiment, one of the most important and famous experiments in the history of physics, was performed in 1887 by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley at what is now Case Western Reserve University, and is considered to be the first strong evidence against the theory of a luminiferous aether.

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