# Relativity in simple

1. Jun 10, 2007

hi!

sorry to tell this but relativity confuse me abit too much.
i have tried to read the explanation given in the internet, but i dont think that it was that very helpful.

my question is- what is simple explanation of relativity? what is relativity?

2. Jun 10, 2007

### smallphi

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3. Jun 10, 2007

### yogi

It presumes there are no preferred reference frames. When an object is moving inertially (with no acceleration), its motion can only be measured with respect to some other object - so if there is a relative velocity v between them - neither can claim which is moving Therefore an observer on either object can consider himself at rest and draw the same conclusions about space and time measurments in the moving frame of the other object

4. Jun 10, 2007

### Thrice

Simple explanation? Sometimes the chicken crosses the road & sometimes the road crosses under the chicken. If it happens too fast, they need to slow down their watches otherwise they get a speeding ticket.

5. Jun 10, 2007

### smallphi

Lol Lol Lol Lol

6. Jun 10, 2007

### Chris Hillman

A mixed metaphor, Thrice, but funny If there's a sticky somewhere for physics jokes, I vote to add this one.

7. Jun 11, 2007

thankz!!
but i dont think i understood the chicken thing..

8. Jun 11, 2007

### Chris Hillman

It was a joke, Cookie. If you want "a simple explanation of relativity", you might not get more than a joke, at least not from those who are well acquainted with relativistic physics and are familiar with the number and variety of potential misconceptions which newbies can bring to the table.

Speaking for myself, if I could offer a truly simple explanation, I would have already done so.

Don't misunderstand: it is possible to acquire a good intuition for str, using only a high school trig/geometry background, particularly if you have a strong geometric imagination and are willing to study a good book or two. But you probably shouldn't expect to gain much enlightenment without expending much effort. See the websites in my sig for some suggestions at various levels of mathematical expertise.

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9. Jun 11, 2007

oh ok!
could you suggest me a book which i could browse through for a study on relativity?

10. Jun 11, 2007

### Chris Hillman

Sure can. See http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/RelWWW/HTML/reading.html [Broken] Note that my recommendations are roughly organized by level of mathematical background. Mastery of linear algebra, tensor calculus, and so on, is essential for anyone who wants to really master gtr, but you can get some superb intuition from the semi-popular book by Geroch!

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11. Jun 11, 2007