A funny, insightful, and self-contained guide to Einstein's relativity theory and classical field theoriesincluding electromagnetism
Physicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers to Einstein's special relativity and Maxwell's classical field theory. Using their typical brand of real math, enlightening drawings, and humor, Susskind and Friedman walk us through the complexities of waves, forces, and particles by exploring special relativity and electromagnetism. It's a must-read for both devotees of the series and any armchair physicist who wants to improve their knowledge of physics' deepest truths.
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
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