Special Relativity 3: Particles, Paradoxes & Puzzles

Special Relativity 3: Particles, Paradoxes & Puzzles

by Robert Piccioni

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This is the third book in the Everyone’s Guide Series devoted to Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.

In this book, we explore the primary application of Special Relativity: high-energy particle physics. Subatomic particles travel closer to the speed of light than any other form of matter. It is in particle physics that Special Relativity makes its greatest contribution and meets its most demanding tests.

We will also examine the most famous and illustrative paradoxes and puzzles of Special Relativity: the "Twin Paradox", the "String & Starships Paradox", and the "Javelin & Tube Paradox". While physicists have never confirmed a true violation of Special Relativity, its predictions are sometimes bizarre and counter-intuitive. Paradoxes highlight these challenges and enhance our understanding of Einstein’s great accomplishment.

Here, we also debunk the erroneous claim that the Big Bang theory is wrong because its explanation of the CMB redshift violates energy conservation. Redshifts are entirely compatible with a correct understanding of Special Relativity and energy conservation.

Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are the two major pillars of 20th century physics, which together revolutionized our understanding of nature, utterly dismantling Newtonian physics that had been the gold standard of science for over 200 years, and introducing radically new concepts that defy human intuition. These theories may represent the greatest upheaval in the history of science. Both Relativity and Quantum Mechanics were launched over 100 years ago, yet we are still digesting their broad and stunning implications. Both theories have been exhaustively tested and confirmed to extraordinary precision. As bizarre as they may seem at first, there is no denying that they describe our world as it really is.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148122364
Publisher: Real Science Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Series: Everyone's Guide Series , #22
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 887,319
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

Dr. Piccioni has a B.S. in Physics from Caltech, a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from Stanford University, was a faculty member at Harvard University and did research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in Palo Alto, Calif.

He has studied with and done research with numerous Nobel Laureates. At Caltech, one of his professors was Richard Feynman, one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century, and a good family friend.

Dr. Piccioni has introduced cutting-edge science to numerous non-scientific audiences, including school children and civic groups. He was guest lecturer on a National Geographic/Lindblad cruise. He has given invited talks at Harvard, Caltech, UCLA, and Stanford University.

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