How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog

Author(s): Chad Orzel

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In this title, the bestselling author of "How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog" tackles Einsten's most famous theory - with the help of his faithful Alsatian, Emmy! In this highly anticipated follow-up book, popular physicist Chad Orzel explains relativity theory in a decidedly unscientific fashion - through a series of conversations with his dog, Emmy. It goes something like this: Emmy, the curious scamp that she is, typically pursues some half-understood aspect of science or maths as a means to catching bunnies or squirrels. You know, as dogs do. When she fails - or sometimes, even before she does - Orzel gently explains the flaws in her plan, followed by a more detailed explanation of the real physics for interested humans. Emmy, in true puppy fashion, provides some occasional (and always helpful) interjections, asking for clarification or commenting on the explanation offered.
Readers can expect to learn such concepts as how length contraction causes fast-moving objects to shrink and how relativity causes moving clocks to run slow, along with some of the cosmological consequences of general relativity and what it can tell us about where the universe came from and how it will end. From relative motion and time dilation, to the unification of forces and extra dimensions, Orzel will have even the biggest physics-phobe hooked. An entertaining ride through one of the great theories of modern physics, "How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog" will teach you about space, time, and many other things you may have slept through in high school physics.


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Steve Nadis, coauthor of "The Shape of Inner Space""Emmy may be one smart dog, but her owner also happens to be an uncommonly gifted communicator. Chad Orzel's treatment of special and general relativity is comprehensive, informative, and amazingly accessible, yet it's funny too. This is, by far, the most entertaining discussion of the subject that I've ever had the pleasure of reading."Frank Close, author of "The Infinity Puzzle" "With Nero, the egocentric cat who believes it is the centre of the universe, and Emmy, the student dog whose questions and misunderstandings would drive any teacher to distraction, and whose interest in relativity is how E=mc DEGREES2 can turn squirrels into energy, Chad Orzel has created a delightful cast of characters to make his introduction to relativity relatively painless. A cleverly crafted and beautifully explained narrative that guides readers carefully into the depths of relativity. Whether you are a hare or a tortoise, or even a dog, you will enjoy this."Louisa Gilder, author of "The Age of Entanglement""For the price of a book, Orzel delivers the heady, joyful experience of taking a small college class with a brilliant and funny professor who really knows how to teach. A thoroughly winning romp through a rock-solid presentation of a beautiful subject." James Kakalios, Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, and author of "The Physics of Superheroes" and "The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics""Move over, Krypto - there's a new superdog in town! Chad Orzel's dog Emmy, having mastered quantum physics, now helps us understand Einstein's theories of relativity in a deep and accessible way. Get this dog a cape!" Jennifer Ouellette, author of "The Calculus Diaries

Chad Orzel is professor of physics at Union College in New York. He is the author of the bestselling How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, and maintains a regular blog, Uncertain Principles. He lives in New York with his wife, their daughter, and, of course, Emmy.

General Fields

  • : 9780465023318
  • : Basic Books
  • : Perseus Books,U.S.
  • : 0.318
  • : March 2012
  • : 208mm X 137mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chad Orzel
  • : Paperback
  • : 530.11
  • : 272
  • : b/w illustrations throughout