Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum

Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum

by Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465093342
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Theoretical Minimum Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 197,465
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University. He is the author of Quantum Mechanics (with Art Friedman) and The Theoretical Minimum (with George Hrabovsky), among other books. He lives in Palo Alto, California.


Art Friedman is a data consultant and the author of Quantum Mechanics (with Leonard Susskind). A lifelong student of physics, he lives in Murphys, California.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xv

Lecture 1 The Lorentz Transformation 1

Lecture 2 Velocities and 4-Vectors 63

Lecture 3 Relativistic Laws of Motion 79

Lecture 4 Classical Field Theory 115

Lecture 5 Particles and Fields 155

Interlude: Crazy Units 193

Lecture 6 The Lorentz Force Law 205

Lecture 7 Fundamental Principles and Gauge Invariance 255

Lecture 8 Maxwell's Equations 269

Lecture 9 Physical Consequences of Maxwell's Equations 303

Lecture 10 Maxwell From Lagrange 325

Lecture 11 Fields and Classical Mechanics 353

Appendix A Magnetic Monopoles: Lenny Fools Art 395

Appendix B Review of 3-Vector Operators 411

Index 416

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