The Principle of Relativity

The Principle of Relativity

by E. Cunningham


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The Principle of Relativity by E. Cunningham

Ebenezer Cunningham was a British mathematician and Cambridge graduate with an intense interest in the theory of special relativity, a subject that was just beginning to be recognised as he wrote. This book, first published by Cambridge University Press in 1914, was one of the first treatises in the English language to focus on special relativity. Its publication firmly established Cunningham as one of the greatest minds in the field. Within this volume, Cunningham firstly offers the reader a preface contextualising the progress of the study of relativity thus far. His chapters then process to relate relativity to existing physical theory, expanding on the relativity of Newtonian dynamics, electron theory and theories of Albert Einstein amongst others. This book is thoroughly and engagingly written, and promises to fascinate all those with an interest in the early study of special relativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521156868
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Principle of Relativity in Relation to General Physical Theory: 1. The relativity of Newtonian dynamics; 2. The development of the concept of the aether; 3. The electron theory; 4. Correlation of stationary and moving systems; 5. Einstein on the relativity of space and time; 6. The kinematics of Einstein; 7. The electron theory of matter; Part II. Minkowski's Four-Dimension World: 8. Minowski's four-dimension calculus; 9. The field equations of the electron theory in Minkowski's form; 10. Minkowski's electrodynamics of moving bodies; Part III. The Transition to Mechanical Theory: 11. The dynamics of the electron; 12. Relativity and dynamical theory; 13. The dynamics of a particle; 14. The dynamics of continuous material media; 15. Relativity and objective aether; 16. Relativity and probability; 17. Concluding remarks; Index.

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