The Special Theory of Relativity

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As B.J. Hiley's Foreword explains, the lectures given by David Bohm - which make up this classic textbook, The Special Theory of Relativity - were not intended to verse the students in a high level of manipulative skill in mathematics; instead they were explorations of the conceptual structure and the ideas that lay behind the theories. The book presents the theory of relativity as a unified whole. By showing that the concepts of this theory are interrelated to form a unified totality David Bohm supplements some of the more specialist courses which have tended to give students a fragmentary impression of the logical and conceptual nature of physics as a whole.
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'Bohm presents a highly original view of what it means to look at the world with new eyes.'Journal of Consciousness Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415148085
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/4/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bohm (1917–1992). A close colleague of Einstein’s at Princeton University after World War II, Bohm would himself go on to become one of the great physicists of the twentieth century. Persecuted for his radical politics during the era of the McCarthy hearings, he left the US in 1952 to teach first in Brazil and then in the UK.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Pre-Einsteinian Notions of Relativity 4
III The Problem of the Relativity of the Laws of Electrodynamics 10
IV The Michelson-Morley Experiment 14
V Efforts to Save the Ether Hypothesis 17
VI The Lorentz Theory of the Electron 23
VII Further Development of the Lorentz Theory 26
VIII The Problem of Measuring Simultaneity in the Lorentz Theory 31
IX The Lorentz Transformation 36
X The Inherent Ambiguity in the Meanings of Space-Time Measurements, According to the Lorentz Theory 40
XI Analysis of Space and Time Concepts in Terms of Frames of Reference 42
XII "Common-Sense" Concepts of Space and Time 48
XIII Introduction to Einstein's Conceptions of Space and Time 52
XIV The Lorentz Transformation in Einstein's Point of View 61
XV Addition of Velocities 66
XVI The Principle of Relativity 70
XVII Some Applications of Relativity 75
XVIII Momentum and Mass in Relativity 81
XIX The Equivalence of Mass and Energy 91
XX The Relativistic Transformation Law for Energy and Momentum 96
XXI Charged Particles in an Electromagnetic Field 100
XXII Experimental Evidence for Special Relativity 106
XXIII More About the Equivalence of Mass and Energy 110
XXIV Toward a New Theory of Elementary Particles 119
XXV The Falsification of Theories 123
XXVI The Minkowski Diagram and the K Calculus 131
XXVII The Geometry of Events and the Space-Time Continuum 146
XXVIII The Question of Causality and the Maximum Speed of Propagation of Signals in Relativity Theory 155
XXIX Proper Time 161
XXX The "Paradox" of the Twins 165
XXXI The Significance of the Minkowski Diagram as a Reconstruction of the Past 173
App Physics and Perception 185
Index 231
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