1: Special relativity The Principle of Relativity and the speed of light Time dilation The Twin Paradox Length contraction Loss of simultaneity Space-time diagrams Four-dimensional spacetime The ultimate speed E=mc2 2: General Relativity The Equivalence Principle The effects on time of acceleration and gravity The bending of light Curved space Black holes Gravitational Waves The Universe Further reading Index
Russell Stannard is Emeritus Professor of Physics at The Open University where for 21 years he headed the Physics Department. A high energy nuclear physicist, he has carried out research at CERN and Geneva, as well as other laboratories in the USA and Europe. Among his awards he has the OBE, he received the Bragg Medal from the Institute of Physics, and been made Fellow of University College London. A prolific writer for both adults and children, his books are translated into 20 languages and have been shortlisted for many scientific book prizes. He is perhaps best known for his Uncle Albert books which explain relativity and quantum mechanics for young people.