What Is Relativity by L. D. Landau

By L. D. Landau

A couple of eminent Russian theoretical physicists provide a charming view of the paradoxes inherent to the precise idea of relativity. Written in a simple model, the textual content makes use of well-known gadgets (e.g., trains, rulers, and clocks) to light up the extra sophisticated and elusive features of relativity. 23 illustrations. 1959 version.

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What Is Relativity

A couple of eminent Russian theoretical physicists provide a charming view of the paradoxes inherent to the detailed idea of relativity. Written in an easy type, the textual content makes use of usual items (e. g. , trains, rulers, and clocks) to light up the extra sophisticated and elusive features of relativity.

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As Sylvester noted, “Mr. Clifford . . and myself . . ”7 If hyperspace is real, then why can’t humans directly experience it? 10 After Sylvester’s talk appeared, Nature became home to a running dialogue about the possibilities of higher dimensions. Letters to the editor served as position papers for the debate. Sylvester’s bookworm argument became the subject of various nuances of interpretation. This heightened interest led Clifford in 1873 to translate and publish Riemann’s speech for the benefit of Nature’s readers.

Once Riemann mapped out the structure of non-Euclidean geometry, this structure provided a natural way of envisioning such ripples. Instead of thinking of fields as independent entities within space, could they be part of the fabric of space itself? Then could spatial geometry serve as the conduit for force? Riemann’s obsession with such a possibility—to fulfill his goal of uniting physics— wracked his nerves and ended in failure. Yet it inspired another mathematician to take even bolder steps in such a direction.

Göttingen’s math department acquired a number of these, which are prominently showcased even today. In 1883 Sylvester received the exciting news that Oxford University was interested in appointing him professor. Although he was happy at Hopkins, he missed England, and once again decided to make a transatlantic voyage. He generously aided Hopkins officials in finding a suitable replacement. He enlisted Stringham to inquire about Klein’s eligibility for the job, and also invited Cayley to apply. Ultimately the position went to Simon Newcomb, a Canadian-born astronomer, who inherited the American Journal of Mathematics as well as Sylvester’s interest in hyperspace.

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