Einstein's Relativity (AUD$19.95)
(Paperback, 160 pages, 210x145mm, 0.40kg, 2011
It has been said that during his scientific life, Albert Einstein was able to explain the links between light and time, time and space, energy and matter, matter and space, and space and gravitation-a massive achievement by any standards. By those who knew him in later life he is remembered lecturing on his current interests and problems in an old sweater and slippers without socks. Einstein was never one to be interested in personal presentation or conformity and it is probably these personal traits that allowed his mind to be completely absorbed by the current scientific problem. Mostly he never had any idea what was socially expected of a man who had become a legend well within his own time.
Einstein's theory of relativity is now firmly embedded in the foundations of modern physics and will continue to fascinate researchers and people in general with its strange implications, re-enforcing the view that the workings of our world are very seldom what they first appear to be.
This book explains Einstein's theory of relativity, which pervades our entire world, in gradual steps, carefully explaining each building block of the theory, so that ultimately the disturbing implications of this all-encompassing theory become apparent.
The challenge in writing Einstein's Relativity was to produce a comprehendible and readable document on one of the most difficult scientific concepts of all time.
Einstein's Relativity is written for those who have a desire to come to grips with one of the most famous, but least understood, theories
in science but are reluctant to undertake a full physics degree.
Rankin has a Masters in environmental physics, but his previous publications
have been collections of wilderness photographs. In Einstein's Relativity he provides a detailed introduction to the mathematics of
special relativity so that the conceptual side of general relativity can be better understood. (Australasian Science, 2011)
This is a very impressive achievement. I know only too well the challenges of putting together clear and succinct prose that properly
captures the abstract, and usually mathematically-based ideas, of modern physics.
Dr James Cresser, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Physics
and Astronomy, Macquarie University, 2012.
Not too heavy, not too light. Dr Albert Orr, retired academic.
I have fifty books
on physics on my shelf. Your explanation of relativity is the best I have read so far.
Your book is an absolute cracker. I've
read a fair bit about this topic but I'd say that your treatment of the topic is the best I've read and, amazingly, it dealt with
a couple of questions I've had for a long time.
Quantum Reality - the Story of Quantum Physics
(Paperback, 160 pages, 210x140mm, 0.40kg, 2020
This book explains how the ideas of quantum physics were discovered by the mathematicians and physicists involved. Even though quantum physics became one of the most successful of scientific theories, explaining how much of our world works, its strange implications for humankind's relationship with the universe still disturb many scientists. This book discusses the science and the history of an unfolding quantum description of our world through the use of colourful diagrams, photographs and, where necessary, a text carefully written to explain some of the significant mathematical ideas in easy to follow steps.
Read about the great discoveries of Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, Paul Dirac, Max Planck, Richard Feynman and others.
2 THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE
How, Not Why
Nature is Absurd
Explaining a Complex Theory
The Nature of Light
The Double Slit Experiment
Double Slits and Quantum Physics
3 THE NEED FOR CHANGE
4 EXPLORING THE ATOM
The Watermelon Model
The Cherry Model
A Modified Solar System Model
5 QUANTUM MECHANICS
The Dual Nature of Light
The Dual Nature of Matter
The Double Slit Revisited
Schrödinger’s Wave Theory
The Principle of Complementarity
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
6 A NEW VIEW OF REALITY
The Copenhagen Interpretation
Antimatter and Time Travel
End of an Era
Double Slits Again
The EPR Experiment
Schrödinger’s Silly Cat
CHAPTER TOPICS DISCUSSED
Quest for the Stars - The Prospects of Interstellar Travel by Ben Rankin (AUD$24.95)
(Hardcover, 134 pages, 210x140mm, 0.40kg, 2022
Exploration is a human trait. For as long as humans have walked the Earth they have been inspired to achieve more and search further. For those interested in spaceflight, the greatest adventure of them all is to journey through interstellar space. This book discusses five prominent interstellar propulsion systems and analyses their feasilibility. It also discusses a relevant interstellar travel case study method.
Author BEN RANKIN is a mechanical engineer from Brisbane, Australia. He has long been interested in space exploration and space history.