Item description for Introduction to Spacetime: A First Course on Relativity by Bertel Laurent...
The theory of relativity is tackled directly in this book, dispensing with the need to establish the insufficiency of Newtonian mechanics. This book takes advantage from the start of the geometrical nature of the relativity theory. The reader is assumed to be familiar with vector calculus in ordinary three-dimensional Euclidean space. The book is based on course material delivered at Stockholm University over a five-year period, and is intended to be of use to undergraduate and postgraduate students in astrophysics and astronomy.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810219296 ISBN13 9789810219291
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Fine modern advanced undergraduate special relativity Sep 23, 1999
This material of this book was successfully used in a course of special relativity for advanced undergraduates at the University of Stockholm by the late professor Bertel Laurent, one of Oskar Klein's best students. When he sadly passed away shortly before retirement the manuscript was transformed into a book by his enthusiastic friend Stig Flodmark.
The book is unusual in that it does not discuss the historical, philosophical, and experimental background that most book dwell on a lot. Instead special relativity is clearly and simply presented with modern coordinate free (index free) notation as a correct and accepted theory of physics. I recommend it strongly as a concise, pedagogical, and compact course book with a modern point of view.