Special Relativity: An Introduction with 200 Problems and Solutions

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Springer Science & Business Media, 17 de mai. de 2010 - 595 páginas
Writing a new book on the classic subject of Special Relativity, on which numerous important physicists have contributed and many books have already been written, can be like adding another epicycle to the Ptolemaic cosmology. Furthermore, it is our belief that if a book has no new elements, but simply repeats what is written in the existing literature, perhaps with a different style, then this is not enough to justify its publication. However, after having spent a number of years, both in class and research with relativity, I have come to the conclusion that there exists a place for a new book. Since it appears that somewhere along the way, mathem- ics may have obscured and prevailed to the degree that we tend to teach relativity (and I believe, theoretical physics) simply using “heavier” mathematics without the inspiration and the mastery of the classic physicists of the last century. Moreover current trends encourage the application of techniques in producing quick results and not tedious conceptual approaches resulting in long-lasting reasoning. On the other hand, physics cannot be done a ́ la carte stripped from philosophy, or, to put it in a simple but dramatic context A building is not an accumulation of stones! As a result of the above, a major aim in the writing of this book has been the distinction between the mathematics of Minkowski space and the physics of r- ativity.
 

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to 1 Mathematical Part
1
to 2 The Structure of the Theories of Physics
55
to 3 Newtonian Physics
67
to 4 The Foundation of Special Relativity
87
to 5 The Physics of the Position FourVector
116
to 6 Relativistic Kinematics
155
to 7 FourAcceleration
185
to 8 Paradoxes
253
to 11 FourForce
325
to 12 Irreducible Decompositions
376
to 13 The Electromagnetic Field
395
to 14 Relativistic Angular Momentum
495
to 15 The Covariant Lorentz Transformation
520
to 16 Geometric Description of Relativistic Interactions
555
Bibliography
589
Index
591

to 9 Mass FourMomentum
265
to 10 Relativistic Reactions
283

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