The Special Theory of Relativity

Paperback: 978 1 942270 72 0 / $49.95
 
Published: May 2016  

E-Book: 978 1 944534 38 7 / $19.95
 
Published: May 2016  

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
314 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: Essentials of Physics Series
This book concentrates on presenting the theory of special relativity as the geometry of space-time. The presentation is straightforward, complete and reader-friendly, with explanatory asides, that give historical context and links with other branches of physics and mathematics. The first four chapters give a complete description of the special theory and the nature of space and time, with the minimum use of mathematics. The mathematics necessary is introduced in the following five chapters, with the final fifteen chapters devoted to a comprehensive and detailed exposition of Einstein’s special relativity.

Features:
* Concentrates on presenting the theory of special relativity as the geometry of space-time
* The presentation is straightforward, complete and reader-friendly, with explanatory asides, which give historical context and links with other branches of physics and mathematics


Table of Contents:
1. An Overview Of The Theory Of Special Relativity
2. The Results Of Special Relativity Without Detailed Explanation
3. Special Relativity In Physics
4. The Nature Of Space
5. Physical Constants
6. Numbers
7. Comments On Matrices
8. Introduction To Finite Groups
9. Trigonometric Functions
10. Introduction To Vectors
11. The Nature Of Velocity
12. Simultaneity
13. The Lorentz Transformation
14. Velocity And Acceleration Transformations
15. The Nature Of Straight Lines And The Twin Paradox
16. 4–Vectors
17. 4-Momentum And Relativistic Mass
18. Doing It With Matrices
19. Electromagnetism
20. Quaternions
21. Electromagnetism With Quaternions
22. 4-Dimensional Space-Time And The Lorentz Group
23. The Expanding Universe And The Cosmic Background Radiation
24. Concluding Remarks
Bibliography
Index


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