Special Relativity: A First Encounter: 100 years since Einstein

Paperback | May 7, 2011

byDomenico Giulini

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Special relativity provides the foundations of our knowledge of space and time. Without it, our understanding of the world, and its place in the universe, would be unthinkable. This book gives a concise, elementary, yet exceptionally modern, introduction to special relativity. It is a gentleyet serious "first encounter", in that it conveys a true understanding rather than purely reports the basic facts. Only very elementary mathematical knowledge is needed to master it (basic high-school maths), yet it will leave the reader with a sound understanding of the subject. Special Relativity: A First Encounter starts with a broad historical introduction and motivation of the basic notions. The central chapters are dedicated to special relativity, mainly following Einstein's historical route. Later chapters turn to various applications in all parts of physics andeveryday life. Unlike other books on the subject, the current status of the experimental foundations of special relativity is accurately reported and the experiments explained. This book will appeal to anyone wanting a introduction to the subject, as well as being background reading for studentsbeginning a course in physics.

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Special relativity provides the foundations of our knowledge of space and time. Without it, our understanding of the world, and its place in the universe, would be unthinkable. This book gives a concise, elementary, yet exceptionally modern, introduction to special relativity. It is a gentleyet serious "first encounter", in that it con...

Domenico Giulini is in the Department of Physics at the University of Freiburg in Germany.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.37 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Origin and Significance of Special Relativity2. Historical Developments3. Foundations of Special Relativity4. Further Consequences and Applications of Special Relativity5. Appendices6. Glossary7. Symbols, Units, Constants

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"This book is not only one further book on Special Relativity: It is really worth being read." --Zentralblatt MATH