The Special Theory of Relativity

The Special Theory of Relativity

by David Bohm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415148081

ISBN-13: 9780415148085

Pub. Date: 12/04/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Based on his famous final year undergraduate lectures on theoretical physics at Birkbeck College, Bohm presents the theory of relativity as a unified whole, making clear the reasons which led to its adoption and explaining its basic meaning. With clarity and grace, he also reveals the limited truth of some of the "common sense" assumptions which make it difficult

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Based on his famous final year undergraduate lectures on theoretical physics at Birkbeck College, Bohm presents the theory of relativity as a unified whole, making clear the reasons which led to its adoption and explaining its basic meaning. With clarity and grace, he also reveals the limited truth of some of the "common sense" assumptions which make it difficult for us to appreciate its full implications.
With a new foreword by Basil Hiley, a close colleague of David Bohm's, The Special Theory of Relativity is an indispensable addition to the work of one of greatest physicists and thinkers of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415148085
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/04/1996
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
IIntroduction1
IIPre-Einsteinian Notions of Relativity4
IIIThe Problem of the Relativity of the Laws of Electrodynamics10
IVThe Michelson-Morley Experiment14
VEfforts to Save the Ether Hypothesis17
VIThe Lorentz Theory of the Electron23
VIIFurther Development of the Lorentz Theory26
VIIIThe Problem of Measuring Simultaneity in the Lorentz Theory31
IXThe Lorentz Transformation36
XThe Inherent Ambiguity in the Meanings of Space-Time Measurements, According to the Lorentz Theory40
XIAnalysis of Space and Time Concepts in Terms of Frames of Reference42
XII"Common-Sense" Concepts of Space and Time48
XIIIIntroduction to Einstein's Conceptions of Space and Time52
XIVThe Lorentz Transformation in Einstein's Point of View61
XVAddition of Velocities66
XVIThe Principle of Relativity70
XVIISome Applications of Relativity75
XVIIIMomentum and Mass in Relativity81
XIXThe Equivalence of Mass and Energy91
XXThe Relativistic Transformation Law for Energy and Momentum96
XXICharged Particles in an Electromagnetic Field100
XXIIExperimental Evidence for Special Relativity106
XXIIIMore About the Equivalence of Mass and Energy110
XXIVToward a New Theory of Elementary Particles119
XXVThe Falsification of Theories123
XXVIThe Minkowski Diagram and the K Calculus131
XXVIIThe Geometry of Events and the Space-Time Continuum146
XXVIIIThe Question of Causality and the Maximum Speed of Propagation of Signals in Relativity Theory155
XXIXProper Time161
XXXThe "Paradox" of the Twins165
XXXIThe Significance of the Minkowski Diagram as a Reconstruction of the Past173
AppPhysics and Perception185
Index231

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