A Sophisticate's Primer of Relativity

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Geared toward readers already acquainted with special relativity, this book transcends the view of theory as a working tool to answer natural questions: What is a frame of reference? What is a "law of nature"? What is the role of the "observer"? Extensive, nonscientific treatment. 1983 edition.

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Overview

Geared toward readers already acquainted with special relativity, this book transcends the view of theory as a working tool to answer natural questions: What is a frame of reference? What is a "law of nature"? What is the role of the "observer"? Extensive, nonscientific treatment. 1983 edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486425498
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/13/2002
  • Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 837,932
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Second Edition by Arthur I. Miller
Bibliography
Introduction to First Edition
CHAPTER ONE. The Lorentz Transformation Equations
  Mathematical Aspects
  Physical Aspects
CHAPTER TWO. Single Frames of Reference
  Frames of Reference in General
  Significance of the Coordinates in a Single Frame
  Time of Distant Events
  Rates and Settings of Clocks
  Spreading Time over Space
  Velocity
  Optical Phenomena
  Propagation Aspects of Light
  Nature of the Velocity of Light
  Practical Limitations on Spreading Time
  Simultaneity
  Causality and Time Order
  Setting of Clocks by Transport
  Mathematics and Time
  Mechanics
    Force
    Establishment of a Galilean Frame
    The Mach Principle
    Galilean Frames
CHAPTER THREE. Two Frames of Reference
  Constitution of Frames
  Relativity of Simultaneity
  Contraction of Length
  Nature of a Meter Stick
  Retardation of Clocks
  Space Traveler
  Nature of a Clock
  Addition of Velocities
CHAPTER FOUR. General Structure of the Theory
  Scope of the theory
  The Postulates of Relativity Theory
  Events
  Logical Structure of the First Postulate
  Conservation of Momentum
  The Observer
  Single Observer
  "Velocity "Here and Now"
  The Miracle of Radiation
CHAPTER FIVE. Summary and Discussion
Index
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