Relativity visualized

Space Time Travel

Frequently asked questions

The Questions

Orientation

1. The topic is new for me. Where should I best begin to read?

2. I am looking for material for use in my classes. What can I find here?

3. How do I come to know about new contributions?

4. Where can I express my opinion/criticism/praise/proposals apropos the website?

5. Where do I find the theory of relativity explained?

Technical questions

6. I have problems playing the movies. Do I need any special players or codecs?


Orientation

1. The topic is new for me. Where should I best begin to read?

The structure of the website is set out in the overview. If you are interested in the background of the project, see project description and teaching philosophy .

2. I am looking for material for use in my classes. What can I find here?

On this website you can find many images and movies that can be downloaded and used in class. All movies are listed in the film directory together with references to the articles they belong to.

All material on this website may freely be used for teaching. For details see copyright.

3. How do I come to know about new contributions?

New contributions (and other news) are announced in our news section. You can also receive these announcements via our mailing list (you can register on the contact page) or via the news feed.

4. Where can I express my opinion/criticism/praise/proposals apropos the website?

You can simply send us an email (contakt) or you can participate in our online survey.

5. Where do I find the theory of relativity explained?

On this site we deliberately do not present an introduction to the special theory of relativity but instead focus on visualization. For the (mathematical) fundamentals books are suited best and besides there are other websites. A rich source is Einstein onlineexternal link.

Regarding the general theory of relativity we are working on an introductory course on the basis of model experiments that needs nearly no math. Useful for teaching advanced high school or beginning university students, also for self-education. The first step is a black hole paper model, described so far only on the German version of this website: "Wir basteln ein Schwarzes Loch"external link.

Technical questions

6. I have problems playing the movies. Do I need any special players or codecs?

The movies are coded in the fairly well-established MPEG1 format, so that they should play without problems on most computers. Sometimes it helps to download the movies onto hard disk and to playback from there, under Windows XP this can be done with the built-in Windows Media Player.


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Authors: Ute Kraus, Corvin Zahn, Date: 2016-12-19 07:55:05
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