Spacetime PhysicsCollaboration on the First Edition of Spacetime Physics began in the mid1960s when Edwin Taylor took a junior faculty sabbatical at Princeton University where John Wheeler was a professor. The resulting text emphasized the unity of spacetime and those quantities (such as proper time, proper distance, mass) that are invariant, the same for all observers, rather than those quantities (such as space and time separations) that are relative, different for different observers. The book has become a standard introduction to relativity. The Second Edition of Spacetime Physics embodies what the authors have learned during an additional quarter century of teaching and research. They have updated the text to reflect the immense strides in physics during the same period and modernized and increased the number of exercises, for which the First Edition was famous. Enrichment boxes provide expanded coverage of intriguing topics. An enlarged final chapter on general relativity includes new material on gravity waves, black holes, and cosmology. The Second Edition of Spacetime Physics provides a new generation of readers with a deep and simple overview of the principles of relativity. 
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User Review  GoodreadsThis is easily the best introduction to Special Relativity. Good exercises. Read full review
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Contents
OVERVIEW  1 
Meter Second  18 
2 10 Summary 43 References 44 Exercises  45 
3 3 What IS the Same in Different Frames 60 3 4 Relativity  67 
Special Topic  95 
L 7 Addition of Velocities 103 L 8 Summary  111 
TRIP TO CANOPUS  121 
TREKKING THROUGH SPACETIME  137 
The speed of light is a mighty barrier that preserves cause and effect  183 
MOMENERGY  189 
A second great unity is momentumenergy momenergy its measure mass  195 
7 6 Conservation of Momenergy and  207 
7 7 Summary 211 Acknowledgment  213 
Chapters COLLIDE CREATE ANNIHILATE  221 
Convert mass to energy and energy to mass  234 
Acknowledgments 252 Exercises  253 
Move or stand still in either case we soar through spacetime  143 
Along a Worldline 148 5 7 Kinked Worldline 152 5 8 Stretch  160 
REGIONS OF SPACETIME  171 
CURVED SPACETIME  275 
Gravity is not a force reaching across space but a distortion curvature  284 
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