Relativity Made Relatively Easy

Paperback | October 15, 2012

byAndrew M. Steane

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Relativity Made Relatively Easy presents an extensive study of Special Relativity and a gentle (but exact) introduction to General Relativity for undergraduate students of physics. Assuming almost no prior knowledge, it allows the student to handle all the Relativity needed for a universitycourse, with explanations as simple, thorough, and engaging as possible. The aim is to make manageable what would otherwise be regarded as hard; to make derivations as simple as possible and physical ideas as transparent as possible. Lorentz invariants and four-vectors are introduced early on, but tensor notation is postponed until needed. In addition to the more basicideas such as Doppler effect and collisions, the text introduces more advanced material such as radiation from accelerating charges, Lagrangian methods, the stress-energy tensor, and introductory General Relativity, including Gaussian curvature, the Schwarzschild solution, gravitational lensing, andblack holes. A second volume will extend the treatment of General Relativity somewhat more thoroughly, and also introduce Cosmology, spinors, and some field theory.

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Relativity Made Relatively Easy presents an extensive study of Special Relativity and a gentle (but exact) introduction to General Relativity for undergraduate students of physics. Assuming almost no prior knowledge, it allows the student to handle all the Relativity needed for a universitycourse, with explanations as simple, thorough,...

Andrew M. Steane was born in Bath, England (1965) and educated at Christ's Hospital school and Oxford University. He has been Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford since 2002 and has been a Visiting Professor at various institutes. Steane was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2000 for his wo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019966286X

ISBN - 13:9780199662869

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Relativistic World1. Basic ideas2. The Lorentz transformation3. Moving light sources4. Dynamics5. The conservation of energy-momentum6. Further kinematics7. Relativity and electromagnetism8. Electromagnetic radiationPart II: An Introduction to General Relativity9. The Principle of Equivalence10. Warped spacetime11. Physics from the metricPart III: Further Special Relativity12. Tensors and index notation13. Rediscovering electromagnetism14. Lagrangian mechanics15. Angular momentum16. Energy density17. What is spacetime?

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"The book has truly the potential to become a pivotal part of scholarship in physics. This lucid and thoughtful approach to taking the reader pedagogically through how Einsteinian relativity works, and how it supersedes the Newtonian construction with respect to explaining the basic principlesof physical law, is comprehensive, thorough, innovative, challenging, and in many cases original. Steane's approach fills a gap in what in many university undergraduate courses has become a topic considered rather too briefly and in a rather too stereotyped manner, and which thereby has alwaysdenied physics graduates of the deeper insight into how Lorentz invariance is at the root of almost everything." --John Dainton, Sir James Chadwick Professor of Physics, University of Liverpool