Energy And Mass In Relativity Theory

Energy And Mass In Relativity Theory

by Lev Borisovich Okun
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World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated


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Energy And Mass In Relativity Theory

Energy and Mass in Relativity Theory presents about 30 pedagogical papers published by the author over the last 20 years. They deal with concepts central to relativity theory: energy E, rest energy E0, momentum p, mass m, velocity v of particles of matter, including massless photons for which v = c. Other related subjects are also discussed.According to Einstein's equation E0= mc2, a massive particle at rest contains rest energy which is partly liberated in the nuclear reactions in the stars and the Sun, as well as in nuclear reactors and bombs on the Earth. The mass entering Einstein's equation does not depend on velocity of a body. This concept of mass is used in the physics of elementary particles and is gradually prevailing in the modern physics textbooks.This is the first book in which Einstein's equation is explicitly compared with its popular though not correct counterpart E = mc2, according to which mass increases with velocity. The book will be of interest to researchers in theoretical, atomic and nuclear physics, to historians of science as well as to students and teachers interested in relativity theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789812814111
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 On the Photon Mass Written together with I. Yu. Kobzarev, Soviet Physics Uspekhi 11 (1968) 338-341. 1

2 Mass, Energy, and Momentum in Einstein's Mechanics α, β, γ, ... Z. A Primer in Particle Physics (Harwood Academic Publishers, 1987), pp. 9-13. 5

3 The Concept of Mass Physics Today, June 1989, pp. 31-36. 11

4 Putting to Rest Mass Misconceptions Reply to Letters of W. Rindler, M. A. Vandyck, P. Murugesan, S. Ruschin and C. Sauter, Physics Today, May 1990, pp. 13, 115, 117. 17

5 The Concept of Mass (Mass, Energy, Relativity) Soviet Physics Uspekhi 32 (1989) 629-638. 27

6 The Fundamental Constants of Physics Soviet Physics Uspekhi 34 (1991) 818-826. 37

7 The Problem of Mass: from Galilei to Higgs Physics at the Highest Energy and Luminosity: To Understand the Origin of Mass, ed. A. Zichichi (Plenum Press, New York, 1992), pp. 1-24. 47

8 Vacua, Vacuum: Physics of Nothing Proc. of a NATO Advances Research Workshop on the History of Original Ideas and Basic Discoveries in Particle Physics, Erice, Italy, July 27-August 4, 1994, eds. H. B. Newman and T. Ypsilantis (Plenum Press, New York, 1995), pp. 67-72. 71

9 Note on the Meaning and Terminology of Special Relativity Eur. J. Phys. 15 (1998) 403-406. 77

10 On Relativistic Apple: Exchange of Letters with M.R. Kleemans in August 1998 81

11 Current Status of Elementary Particle Physics Physics-Uspekhi 41 (1998) 553-557. 85

12 Gravitation, Photons, Clocks Written together with K.G. Selivanov and V. L. Telegdi, Physics-Uspekhi 42 (1999) 1045-1050. 91

13 On the Interpretation of the Redshift in a Static Gravitational Field Written together with K. G. Selivanov and V. L. Telegdi,Am. J. Phys, 68 (2000) 115-119. 97

14 Photons and Static Gravity Mod. Phys. Lett. A 15 (2000) 1941-1947. 103

15 A Thought Experiment with Clocks in Static Gravity Mod. Phys. Lett. A 15 (2000) 2007-2009 111

16 Relation between Energy and Mass in Bohr's Essay on His Debate with Einstein Physics of Atomic Nuclei 64 (2001) 536-539. 115

17 Trialogue on the Number of Fundamental Constants Written together with M. J. Duff and G. Veneziano, J. High Energy Phys. 0203 (2002) 023-053. 119

18 Photons, Clocks, Gravity and the Concept of Mass Nucl. Phys. B (Proc Suppl.) 110 (2002) 151-155. 151

19 Spacetime and Vacuum as seen from Moscow Proc. of the Inaugural Conf. of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics "2001: A Spacetime Odyssey", Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 21-25 May 2001, eds. M. J. Duff and J. T. Liu (World Scientific, 2002), pp. 105-118. 157

20 Critical Velocities c/$$3 and c/ $$2 in General Theory of Relativity Written together with S.I. Blinnikov and M. I. Vysotsky, Physics-Uspekhi 46 (2003) 1099-1103. 171

21 'Fundamental Units: Physics and Metrology Astrophysics, Clocks and Fundamental Constants, eds. S. G. Karshenboim and E. Peik, Lect. Notes Phys. 648 (Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2004), pp. 57-74. 117

22 The Virus of Relativistic Mass in the Year of Physics Gribov Memorial Volume "Quarks, Hadrons and Strong Interactions: Proc. of the Memorial Workshop Devoted to the 75th Birthday of V. N. Gribov, Budapest, Hungary, 22-24 May 2005, eds. Yu. L. Dokshitzer, P. Levai and J. Nyiri (World Scientific, 2006), pp. 470-473. 195

23 The Concept of Mass in the Einstein Year Proc. of the 12th Lomonosov Conf. on Elementary Particle Physics "Particle Physics at the Year of 250th Anniversary of Moscow University", ed. A. I. Studenikin (World Scientific, 2005), pp. 1-15. 199

24 Photons: History, Mass, Charge The Photon: Its Hundred Years and the Future. Part I. Acta Physica Polonica B 37 (2006) 565-573. 215

25 Formula E = mc2 in the Year of Physics The Photon: Its Hundred Years and the Future. Part II. Acta Physica Polonica B 37 (2006) 1327-1332. 225

26 Mirror Particles and Mirror Matter: 50 Years of Speculation and Search Physics-Uspekhi 50 (2007) 380-389. 231

27 The Impact of the Sakata Model Proc. of the Intern. Symposium "The Jubilee of the Sakata Model", Nagoya Univ., Japan, 24-25 December, 2006 eds. M. Harada, Y. Ohnuki, S. Sawada and K. Yamawaki, Progr. of Theor. Phys. Suppl. 167 (2007) 163-174. 241

28 The Evolution of the Concepts of Energy, Momentum, and Mass from Newton and Lomonosov to Einstein and Feynman Proc. of the 13th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics, 23 August 2007, Moscow State University, ed. A. I. Studenikin (World Scientific, 2008), pp. 20-35. 253

29 The Einstein Formula: E0 = mc2. "Isn't the Lord Laughing?" Physics-Uspekhi 178 (2008) 513-527; arXiv:0808.0437 269

30 The Theory of Relativity and the Pythagorean Theorem Physics-Uspekhi 178 (2008) 622-631; arXiv:0809.2379 285

Name Index 305

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