Resources to better understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity
June 17, 2014 12:49 PM Subscribe
I'm seeking recommendations for documentaries or books that offer more than a layman's explanation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, but don't require advanced studies in astrophysics to comprehend.
posted by bkpiano to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Many of the documentaries I've seen that are readily available on television, Hulu, and Netflix present only very broad principles related to Einstein's Theory of Relativity (and other advanced topics in physics, astronomy, and chemistry). I'm looking for something that can help me dive deeper into the theory, its derivation, and the mathematical proofs of its equations, but isn't at the level of a university text in astrophysics.
I have an undergraduate degrees in mathematics and can generally follow the mathematical elements of Einstein's 1905 paper Does the Inertia of a Body depend upon its Energy-Content?
. But, I would like to find some materials that lie somewhere between scientific papers like this and documentaries like Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos.
Other areas of interest also include quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and string theory.