Spacetime Physics

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1992 - Science - 312 pages
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Collaboration on the First Edition of Spacetime Physics began in the mid-1960s 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  - Sara - Goodreads

This is easily the best introduction to Special Relativity. Good exercises. Read full review

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User Review  - Ron Banister - Goodreads

Well done exposition on Special Relativity. Excellent exercises & examples. Read full review

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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