Relativity: The Special and General Theory
by Albert Einstein
- translated by Robert W. Lawson
This completed project is in the catalogue at http://librivox.org/relativity-by-albert-einstein/
Great work, everyone!
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a few resources of interest
...unearthed for us by Ticktockman (thanks!)
The book in Einstein's own handwriting (bottom of page):
http://www.alberteinstein.info/db/ViewI ... 004&Page=2
A couple references on the Lorentz transformation:
and for Animal House fans:
3.4 “Doubly special” relativity
http://relativity.livingreviews.org/Art ... _body.html
http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/ess ... tivity.htm
and, for hours of entertainment:
(below this line is the usual forum stuff for a mega-project like this)
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I will not pretend this is an easy read. It was
written, however, to be understandable to the high-school graduate, and is not completely intimidating
. So come on and spread the Physics love!
These have errors:
Gutenberg.org e-text: www.gutenberg.org/etext/5001
use the html text:
A corrected version of the project Gutenburg etext can be found here:
http://www.cs.earlham.edu/~timm/Geometr ... 0fixed.pdf
Two useful guides for reading math formulas aloud:
Guidelines for a test reader
Handbook for spoken mathematics -- many categories (thank you chocoholic!!!)
W = v + w (say capital W equals v plus w)
K' (say K prime; I think we don't need to specify capital K prime...)
K'' (say K double prime)
(say K sub zero)
: 100% [12 of 12]
: 100% [12 of 12]
: 83% [10 of 12]
: 25% [3 of 12]
Preface [featherheadfop] >>>Listen<<<
No Editing Required
Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity
Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions
to Section 03
Space and Time in Classical Mechanics
I've listened to 00-03. Great work! No problem was found except a tiny one at 7:55 "...likely to arise as to its applicability in practice." and another one at 14:33 "...occupied by the stone at each...". Section 04
The Galileian System of Co-ordinates
to Section 06
The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities employed in Classical Mechanics[caffeinated] >>>Listen<<<
A pause at about 3:40 is a little bit too long, but easily fixed (I will fix this). Also, I have not edited in the updated intro, but I will fix this also (caffeinated has already sent me the updated intro, I have just been lazy
). Other than that, great
The Apparent Incompatability of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity
to Section 09
The Relativity of Simultaneity[peastman] >>>Listen<<<
Editing CompletedSection 10
! There were a few errors in the Gutenberg text itself, but nothing that should prevent comprehension. Again, the M-Prime thing arises ...
On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance
to Section 12
The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion [earthcalling] >>>Listen<<<
I listened to sections 10-12, and thought they sounded good -- there weren't any problems that I could notice.Section 13
Also by the way, I thought the pace was good : ), it was easy to follow the equations without seeing them (and I enjoyed the accent!).
Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau
to Section 15
General Results of the Theory [caffeinated] >>>Listen<<<
On 13-15 : Great
! Notes: in Section 13 footnotes at about 06:24, in the equation w+v(I- (I/N^2) ) the + is read as =. I will see if I can edit this by taking another clip of you saying "plus", and see if it will fit in smoothly. If it doesn't I may need you to rerecord the equation. 12:45 for equation m (v^2/C^2) , the m is left out. (Again, should be easily fixed by me).
Expereince and the Special Theory of Relativity
to Section 17
Minkowski's Four-dimensial Space [featherheadfop] >>>Listen<<<
For some reason I only hear it out one side of my headphones. Another recording by the same person (section 00) comes out both sides of my headphones, so I don't think it's my headphones, or necessarily the person who recorded it. Shrug. Anyone else hearing it that way?
Some very minor things:
MM:SS 02:54 -- The reader says "B rays" but I think it should be "beta rays."
MM:SS 05:44 -- The reader says "Therefore the theory" should be "Before the theory"
MM:SS 07:15 -- reader says "essence of aether-drift," text says "existence of."
Sorry if these are too nitpicky. Up to you if they're worth the trouble to change.
As you already said, the "T one" / "T prime" question exists in this recording too a little bit.
Otherwise the recording sounds good to me! I thought it was great the way it was clear when you were reading a footnote, and when you were back in the regular text. Are those birds in the background? : )
Part II: The General Theory of RelativitySection 18
Special and General Principle of Relativity
to Section 20
The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity [tina] >>>Listen<<<
Heehee, Tina, just listened to your recording, 18-20 -- I can indeed hear the seagulls XD (I know one instance is at about 3:20 if you want to look for it), it's a fun addition, though, no need to be edited
11:42 read "equal to its inertial law." should be "equal to its inertial mass." ... the Gutenberg text has this wrong, so it's not your fault, but I wonder if we should fix this, it doesn't really make sense as "inertial law"
-Again, K^1 v. K'
In What Respects are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?
to Section 23
Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference [Library_Lady]>>>Listen<<<
No Editing RequiredSection 24
21-23 - 100% Perfect
Euclidean and non-Euclidean Continuum
to Section 26
The Space-Time Continuum of the Speical Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum [Maysuku] >>>Listen<<<Section 27
The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity is Not a Euclidean Continuum
to Section 29
The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity [capcan]
Part III: Considerations on the Universe as a WholeSection 30
Cosmological Difficulties of Netwon's Theory
to Section 32
The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity [caffeinated] >>>Listen<<<
I don't know if this correction counts, because it relates to content, but at MM:SS 06:38, the recording says "there is no room for" but the text says "there is room for." The added "no" changes the meaning to the reverse, which could be confusing. Perhaps someone wants to double check, but if this is correct, maybe the "no" could just get edited out?
[Right now, I am thinking that these have a bit too much math to be properly read aloud. If anyone thinks otherwise, by all means speak up
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