The Special Theory of Relativity: Foundations, Theory, Verification, Applications

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Springer, Feb 9, 2016 - Science - 480 pages
This book offers a comprehensive, university-level introduction to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. In addition to the purely theoretical aspect, emphasis is also given to its historical development as well as to the experiments that preceded the theory and those performed in order to test its validity.The main body of the book consists of chapters on Relativistic Kinematics and Dynamics and their applications, Optics and Electromagnetism. These could be covered in a one-semester course. A more advanced course might include the subjects examined in the other chapters of the book and its appendices.As a textbook, it has some unique characteristics: It provides detailed proofs of the theorems, offers abundant figures and discusses numerous examples. It also includes a number of problems for readers to solve, the complete solutions of which are given at the end of the book.It is primarily intended for use by university students of physics, mathematics and engineering. However, as the mathematics needed is of an upper-intermediate level, the book will also appeal to a more general readership.
 

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Contents

1 Historical Introduction
1
2 Prolegomena
47
3 Relativistic Kinematics
60
4 Applications of Relativistic Kinematics
97
5 Optical Phenomena
139
6 Relativistic Dynamics
163
7 Applications of Relativistic Dynamics
212
8 Minkowskis Spacetime and FourVectors
243
Appendix 1 The Paradox of the Room and the Rod
321
Appendix 2 The Appearance of Moving Bodies
324
Appendix 3 The Derivation of the Expressionfor the Relativistic Massin the General Case
333
Appendix 4 The Invariance of the Equationsof Maxwell and the Wave Equation Underthe Lorentz Transformation
337
Appendix 5 Tachyons
354
Appendix 6 The Lorentz Transformation in MatrixForm
359
Appendix 7 Table of Some Functions of the Speed
369
Solutions to the Problems
373

9 Electromagnetism
273
10 Experiments
297

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Costas ChristodoulidesProfessor EmeritusDepartment of PhysicsSchool of Applied Mathematical and Physical SciencesNational Technical University of Athens, Greece

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