Item description for SPECIAL RELATIVITY FOR BEGINNERS: A Textbook for Undergraduates by Jurgen Freund...
This book, first appearing in German in 2004 under the title Spezielle Relativittstheorie fr Studienanfnger, offers access to the special theory of relativity for readers with a background in mathematics and physics comparable to a high school honors degree. All mathematical and physical competence required beyond that level is gradually developed through the book, as more advanced topics are introduced. The full tensor formalism, however, is dispensed with as it would only be a burden for the problems to be dealt with. Eventually, a substantial and comprehensive treatise on special relativity emerges which, with its gray-shaded formulary, is an invaluable reference manual for students and scientists alike.
Some crucial results are derived more than once with different approaches: the Lorentz transformation in one spatial direction three times, the Doppler formula four times, the Lorentz transformation in two directions twice; also twice the unification of electric and magnetic forces, the velocity addition formula, as well as the aberration formula. Beginners will be grateful to find several routes to the goal; moreover, for a theory like relativity, it is of fundamental importance to demonstrate that it is self-contained and without contradictions.
Contents: The Postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity; Time Dilation; Length Contraction; Lorentz Transformation; Minkowski Diagrams; Simultaneity; Transformation of Velocities; Aberration of Light; Accelerated Motion; Doppler Effect; Images of Fast Moving Objects; Mass and Momentum; Force; Energy; Four-Vectors and Scalar Products; Calculus with the Energy-Momentum Vector, Transformation of Electric and Magnetic Fields; and other papers.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Apr 7, 2008
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812771603 ISBN13 9789812771605
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Best special relativity book I've come across Apr 1, 2009
Of about ten different current books I've looked at on special relativity recently, including the special relativity parts of more generalized books on Gravity, this is the clearest presentation, with a logical progression of ideas, and highly apt choices of thought experiments, making me nod my head in agreement and appreciation as I go along. I'm teaching high school physics to Korean kids and I want clear presentations to get the ideas across as well as easily understand derivations of the mathematics. I remember special relativity when I was taking physics and I never quite grasped the basic artifacts, time dilation, length contraction, apparent twin paradox, all of which I consider necessary parts of an educated person's understanding of the world. Later, reading Einstein about the Lorentz transformation, I wondered where it came from, and here it's laid out in the simplest possible fashion. It's Pythagorean Theorem! Now that's something I can teach to high school kids. The book is translated from the German, and the author wants to supplement the normal German high school and college courses in special relativity with materials that might actually make it understandable. He succeeds.