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Relativity Lite: A Pictorial Translation of Einstein’s Theories of Motion and Gravity

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Jack C. Straton, Portland State University

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: To c or Not to c
  • Chapter 2: Mixmaster Universe 
  • Chapter 3: A Trip to Alpha Centauri 
  • Chapter 4: Gravity Lite 
  • Chapter 5: Cosmology 

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  • Portland State University Library
  • About the Book

    Relativity Lite is designed for courses like my 100-student General Astronomy sequence. Relativity Lite translates the mathematical equations conventional relativity texts rely upon into pictures that are readily understood and contain within them the mathematical essentials. This new book would provide the comprehensive coverage needed to understand, in sufficient depth, these three linked areas of our reality.

    About the Contributors


    Jack Straton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Oregon in 1977, worked as a professional jazz drummer for three years, and then returned to the U of O in the 1980s to earn a doctorate in quantum theory. Both as a volunteer and professional diversity trainer over the past 18 years, he has presented several hundred workshops on ending sexual assault and racism. Jack founded Men Against Rape groups in Eugene, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Manhattan, Kansas. He has published extensively in professional journals from his research in Quantum Scattering Theory, Gender Equity, and Diversity Training Methods. He has served as co-chair of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and, as coordinator of the NOMAS Task Group on Child Custody Issues, is recognized as one of the leading writers and speakers in the country with expertise on ethical and public policy issues related to the overlap between child custody, child abuse, and woman abuse.

    Jack has been teaching Inquiry courses at PSU since 1995, currently The Work of Art, always seeking to infuse them with creativity, interdisciplinary experience, and interpersonal connection.  He also teaches General Astronomy.

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