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Einstein light. (English) Zbl 1063.01020
München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv). (ISBN 3-423-34174-2/pbk). 126 S. (2005).
This pocket-book has covering words saying that the author intended at first to exlain the Einstein’s theory to his own children, but this style can be agreeable for everyone. The narrative about this theory is made here without any mathematics, equations, or formulae (except \(E=mc^2)\). The presentation is animated ‘with many stories on recent experimental confirmations of relativity theory: the airplane and rocket experiments in 1970s to establish the acceleration of time far away from the Earth, the GSP-Satellite System, the ESA-Satellite Hipparcos (1979–1999) and VLBI-Radiotelescope to measure the deflections of million stars, research of pulsars (especially PSR B1913+16) from the point of view of the perihelion rotation effect. Gravity Probe B (April 2004), Gravitationswellendetector GEO 600 of the Hannover University (built 1995–2001), STEP-Satellite (will start in 2005). In footnotes many historical supplementary data are given. Also recommendations for complementary readings are added.
MSC:
01A70 Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies
83-03 History of relativity and gravitational theory
83-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to relativity and gravitational theory
83-05 Experimental work for problems pertaining to relativity and gravitational theory