All Shops
We're still open for business - read our Brexit and Covid-19 statements

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Reference  Physical Sciences  Cosmology & Astronomy

The Geometry of Time

By: Dierck-Ekkehard Liebscher
The Geometry of Time
Click to have a closer look
  • The Geometry of Time ISBN: 9783527405671 Paperback Mar 2005 Usually dispatched within 5 days
Price: £105.00
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

A description of the geometry of space-time with all the questions and issues explained without the need for formulas. As such, the author shows that this is indeed geometry, with actual constructions familiar from Euclidean geometry, and which allow exact demonstrations and proofs. The formal mathematics behind these constructions is provided in the appendices.

The result is thus not a textbook introducing readers to the theory of special relativity so they may calculate formally, but rather aims to show the connection with synthetic geometry. It presents the relation to projective geometry and uses this to illustrate the starting points of general relativity. Written at an introductory level for undergraduates, this novel presentation will also benefit teaching staff.


Foreword.The structure of the book.Notation.1 Introduction.2 The World of Space and Time.2.1 Timetable.2.2 Surveying Space-Time.2.3 Physical Prerequisites of Geometry.3 Reflection and Collision.3.1 Geometry and Reflection.3.2 The Reflection of Mechanical Motion.4 The Relativity Principle of Mechanics and Wave Propagation.5 Relativity Theory and its Paradoxes.5.1 Pseudo-Euclidean Geometry.5.2 Einstein's Mechanics.5.3 Energy.5.4 Kinematic Peculiarities.5.5 Aberration and Fresnel's Paradox.5.6 The Net.5.7 Faster than Light.6 The Circle Disguised as Hyperbola.7 Curvature.7.1 Spheres and Hyperbolic Shells.7.2 The Universe.8 The Projective Origin of the Geometries of the Plane.9 The Nine Geometries of the Plane.10 General Remarks.10.1 The Theory of Relativity.10.2 Geometry and Physics.Appendices.A Reflections.B Transformations.B.1 Coordinates.B.2 Inertial Reference Systems.B.3 Riemannian Spaces, Einstein Worlds.C Projective Geometry.C.1 Algebra.C.2 Projective Maps.C.3 Conic Sections.D The Transition from the Projective to the Metrical Plane.D.1 Polarity.D.2 Reflection.D.3 Velocity Space.D.4 Circles and Peripheries.D.5 Two Examples.E The Metrical Plane.E.1 Classification.E.2 The Metric.Exercises.Glossary.References.

Customer Reviews


Dierck-Eckehard Liebscher studied physics at the Humboldt University, Berlin, and received two PhDs in 1966 and 1973, both on topics of general relativity. From 1967 to 1991, he worked at the Central Institute for Astrophysics of the former GDR. In 1992, he accepted a post as senior scientist at the Astrophysical Institute, Potsdam, where he still works. Professor Liebscher is the author of several books and numerous papers.

By: Dierck-Ekkehard Liebscher
Media reviews

...the text offers good explanations and builds up concepts well. When students ask for references for relativity, this book will be included on the list. (CHOICE, November 2005)

Current promotions
British WildlifeRedfernBacklist Bargains 2021Order your free copy of our 2020 equipment catalogue