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Albert Einstein - Theory of General Relativity - FULL Audio Book
- General relativity, or the general theory of relativity, is the geometric theory of gravitation published by Albert Einstein in 1916 and the current description of gravitation in modern physics. General relativity generalises special relativity and Newton's law of universal gravitation, providing a unified description of gravity as a geometric property of space and time, or spacetime. In particular, the curvature of spacetime is directly related to the energy and momentum of whatever matter and radiation are present. The relation is specified by the Einstein field equations, a system of partial differential equations.
The predictions of general relativity have been confirmed in all observations and experiments to date. Although general relativity is not the only relativistic theory of gravity, it is the simplest theory that is consistent with experimental data. However, unanswered questions remain, the most fundamental being how general relativity can be reconciled with the laws of quantum physics to produce a complete and self-consistent theory of quantum gravity.
Einstein's theory has important astrophysical implications. For example, it implies the existence of black holes—regions of space in which space and time are distorted in such a way that nothing, not even light, can escape—as an end-state for massive stars.
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Chapter listing and chapter length:
01 -- Sections 01-03 -- Relativity Pt. 1 -- 00:14:55
Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity
01 Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions
02 The System of Co-ordinates
03 Space and Time in Classical Mechanics
Read by: Kelly Bescherer
02 -- Sections 04-06 -- Relativity Pt. 1 -- 00:10:38
04 The Galileian System of Co-ordinates
05 The Principle of Relativity (In the Restricted Sense)
06 The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics
Read by: Linda Leu
03 -- Sections 07-09 -- Relativity Pt. 1 -- 00:20:33
07 The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity
08 On the Idea of Time in Physics
09 The Relativity of Simultaneity
Read by: Peter Eastman
04 -- Sections 10-12 -- Relativity Pt. 1 -- 00:17:10
10 On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance
11 The Lorentz Transformation
12 The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion
Read by: David Barnes
05 -- Sections 13-15 -- Relativity Pt. 1 -- 00:19:11
13 Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau
14 The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity
15 General Results of the Theory
Read by: Linda Leu
06 -- Sections 16-17 -- Relativity Pt. 1 -- 00:14:22
16 Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity
17 Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space
Read by: Kelly Bescherer
07 -- Sections 18-20 -- Relativity Pt. 2 -- 00:19:38
Part II: The General Theory of Relativity
18 Special and General Principle of Relativity
19 The Gravitational Field
20 The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity
Read by: Laurie Anne Walden
08 -- Sections 21-23 -- Relativity Pt. 2 -- 00:20:54
21 In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?
22 A Few Inferences from the General Theory of Relativity
23 Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference
Read by: Annie Coleman
09 -- Sections 24-26 -- Relativity Pt. 2 -- 00:18:10
24 Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum
25 Gaussian Co-ordinates
26 The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum
Read by: Meredith Hughes
10 -- Sections 27-29 -- Relativity Pt. 2 -- 00:21:30
27 The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is not a Euclidean Continuum
28 Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity
29 The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity
Read by: David Barnes
11 -- Sections 30-31 -- Relativity Pt. 3 -- 00:19:26
Part III: Considerations on the Universe as a Whole
30 Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory
31 The Possibility of a "Finite" and Yet "Unbounded" Universe
32 The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity
Read by: Linda Leu
12 -- Appendix III -- Relativity -- 00:21:22
The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity
Read by: ML Cohen
Total running time: 3:39:59
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