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1. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Classic Reprint) by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 166
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(2010-06-04)
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The Best Way to Discredit Any Work
This edition created by OCR, many errors!
be careful which copy you buy
Great book - Kindle edition readablity needs work (Driod only?)
Relativity Explained by the Master Himself |
2. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, The Masterpiece Science Edition, by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 96
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(2005-11-22)
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Editorial Review Product Description Section 17.Space-Time Minkowski’s viewpoint represents a "geometrization" of relativity. These ideas have, over the years, come to the forefront: They reflect the perspective of the majority of physicists working in relativity today. Let us expand on this viewpoint.The fundamental notion is that of an event, which we think of as a physical occurrence having negligibly small extension in both space and time. That is, an event is "small and quick," such as the explosion of a firecracker or the snapping of your fingers. Now consider the collection of all possible events in the universe—all events that have ever happened, all that are happening now, and all that will ever happen; here and elsewhere. This collection is called space-time. It is the arena in which physics takes place in relativity.The idea is to recast all statements about goings-on in the physical world into geometrical structures within this space-time. In a similar vein, you might begin the study of plane geometry by introducing the notion of a point (analogous to an event) and assembling all possible points into the plane (analogous to space-time). This plane is the arena for plane geometry, and each statement that is part of plane geometry is to be cast as geometrical structure within this plane.This space-time is a once-and-for-all picture of the entire physical world. Nothing "happens" there; things just "are." A physical particle, for example, is described in the language of space-time by giving the locus of all events that occur "right at the particle." The result is a certain curve, or path, in space-time called the world-line of the particle. Don’t think of the particle as "traversing" its world-line in the same sense that a train traverses its tracks. Rather, the world-line represents, once and for all, the entire life history of the particle, from its birth to its death. The collision of two particles, for example, would be represented geometrically by the intersection of their world-lines. The point of intersection—a point common to both curves; an event that is "right at" both particles—represents the event of their collision. In a similar way, more complicated physical goings-on—an experiment in particle physics, for example, or a football game—are incorporated into the fabric of space-time.One example of "physical goings-on" is the reference frame that Einstein uses in his discussion of special relativity. How is this incorporated into space-time? The individuals within a particular reference frame assign four numbers, labeled x, y, z, t, to each event in space-time. The first three give the spatial location of the event according to these observers, the last the time of the event.These numbers completely and uniquely characterize the event. In geometrical terms, a frame of reference gives rise to a coordinate system on space-time. In a similar vein, in plane geometry a coordinate system assigns two numbers, x and y, to each point of the plane. These numbers completely and uniquely characterize that point. The statement "the plane is two-dimensional" means nothing more and nothing less than that precisely two numbers are required to locate each point in the plane.Similarly, "space-time is four-dimensional" means nothing more and nothing less than that precisely four numbers are required to locate each event in space-time. That is all there is to it! You now understand "four-dimensional space-time" as well as any physicist.Note that the introduction of four-dimensional space-time does not say that space and time are "equivalent" or "indistinguishable." Clearly, space and time are subjectively different entities. But a rather subtle mixing of them occurs in special relativity, making it convenient to introduce this single entity, space-time.In plane geometry, we may change coordinates, i.e., relabel the points. It is the same plane described in a different way (in that a given point is now represented by different numbers), just as the land represented by a map stays the same whether you use latitude/longitude or GPS coordinates. We can now determine formulae expressing the new coordinate-values for each point of the plane in terms of the old coordinate-values. Similarly, we may change coordinates in space-time, i.e., change the reference frame therein. And, again, we can determine formulae relating the new coordinate-values for each space-time event to the old coordinate-values for that event. This, from Minkowski’s geometrical viewpoint, is the substance of the Lorentz-transformation formulae in Section 11.A significant advantage of Minkowski’s viewpoint is that it is particularly well-adapted also to the general theory of relativity. We shall return to this geometrical viewpoint in our discussion of Section 27. Customer Reviews (11)
Who typset the math in this thing?
Like Science?
classic
very thin and concise, directly caught the point
Still confusing. . . |
3. Very Special Relativity: An Illustrated Guide by Sander Bais | |
Hardcover: 144
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(2007-10-31)
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Editorial Review Product Description Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, first published in 1905, radically changed our understanding of the world. Familiar notions of space and time and energy were turned on their head, and our struggle with Einstein's counterintuitive explanation of these concepts was under way. The task is no easier today than it was a hundred years ago, but in this book Sander Bais has found an original and uniquely effective way to convey the fundamental ideas of Einstein's Special Theory. Bais's previous book, The Equations, was widely read and roundly praised for its clear and commonsense explanation of the math in physics. Very Special Relativity brings the same accessible approach to Einstein's theory. Using a series of easy-to-follow diagrams and employing only elementary high school geometry, Bais conducts readers through the quirks and quandaries of such fundamental concepts as simultaneity, causality, and time dilation. The diagrams also illustrate the difference between the Newtonian view, in which time was universal, and the Einsteinian, in which the speed of light is universal. Following Bais's straightforward sequence of simple, commonsense arguments, readers can tinker with the theory and its great paradoxes and, finally, arrive at a truly deep understanding of Einstein's interpretation of space and time. An intellectual journey into the heart of the Special Theory, the book offers an intimate look at the terms and ideas that define our reality. (20080202)Customer Reviews (2)
Presumes too much background
A Geometric Approach |
4. Special Relativity (Mit Introductory Physics Series) by A.P. French | |
Paperback: 296
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(1968-09-30)
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Yep, it's a relativity textbook
Just Great
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Great!
A Classic |
5. SPECIAL RELATIVITY FOR BEGINNERS: A Textbook for Undergraduates by Jurgen Freund | |
Paperback: 332
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(2008-04-07)
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Editorial Review Product Description Some crucial results are derived more than once with different approaches: the Lorentz transformation in one spatial direction three times, the Doppler formula four times, the Lorentz transformation in two directions twice; also twice the unification of electric and magnetic forces, the velocity addition formula, as well as the aberration formula. Beginners will be grateful to find several routes to the goal; moreover, for a theory like relativity, it is of fundamental importance to demonstrate that it is self-contained and without contradictions. Contents: The Postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity; Time Dilation; Length Contraction; Lorentz Transformation; Minkowski Diagrams; Simultaneity; Transformation of Velocities; Aberration of Light; Accelerated Motion; Doppler Effect; Images of Fast Moving Objects; Mass and Momentum; Force; Energy; Four-Vectors and Scalar Products; Calculus with the Energy-Momentum Vector, Transformation of Electric and Magnetic Fields; and other papers. Customer Reviews (1)
Best special relativity book I've come across |
6. Special Relativity by T.M. Helliwell | |
Paperback: 312
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(2009-04-30)
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Clear and mostly pretty good |
7. Special Relativity: From Einstein to Strings by Patricia M. Schwarz, John H. Schwarz | |
Hardcover: 388
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(2004-05-10)
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Special relativity for the 21 st Century
Coherence?
All you need to know about SR |
8. Special Relativity: A First Encounter: 100 Years since Einstein by Domenico Giulini | |
Hardcover: 176
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(2005-04-21)
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9. Special Relativity: An Introduction with 200 Problems and Solutions by Michael Tsamparlis | |
Hardcover: 586
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(2010-05-28)
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Editorial Review Product Description The theory of Special Relativity, although a century old, it is still a theory which has yet a long way to go. Special Relativity is the ground on which Particle Physics and General Relativity are based and constitutes an everyday laboratory practice. It is therefore important that the new physicist will understand it properly and deeply, while at the same time will be able to use it effectively as a working tool. The first part of this book develops the necessary mathematics with emphasis on tensor analysis and differential geometry on the flat Minkowski space, and contains useful material that can serve as a quick reference tool as well. It introduces the student into tensor analysis and the mathematical formalism required to manipulate Minkowski space-time. The reader will appreciate the geometric intuition incorporated into the standard algebraic index formalism and later on, the fact that the mathematics introduced is an adequate background for a smooth entrance into General Relativity, Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics. The second part of this book begins with the conceptual foundations of the theory and in the later chapters applies the mathematics of the first part to the study of a variety of important physical problems including electromagnetism. The approach is fully covariant with many worked out examples. It presents the relativistic collisions in a new geometric way and prepares the student for the next steps into Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. This book develops the conceptual foundations of Special Relativity and couples the mathematics with the physical considerations and applications. There is an interplay between mathematical ideas and physical principles and arguments, each subject preserving its own individuality whereas at the same time creating a consolidated unit. Emphasis is given to the reasoning which elucidates the structure of the theory. Studying the contents of this book will make the reader appreciate Special Relativity both as a conceptual theory of Space-Time Physics and as a working tool in the laboratory. Both aspects are required in order to enter successfully the more advanced areas of Quantum Mechanics, Particle Physics and General Relativity required at the later stages of the studies. Customer Reviews (1)
Comphrehensive, and deep, and excellent learning resourse |
10. Special Relativity: The Foundation of Macroscopic Physics (Volume 0) by W. G. Dixon | |
Paperback: 272
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(1982-12-30)
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11. Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological by Wolfgang Rindler | |
Paperback: 448
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(2006-06-01)
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Unavoidable
Great Delivery Speed
no explanation of tensors, co-variance, etc.
One of the worst text on GR
Whoosh |
12. The Special Theory of Relativity (Routledge Classics) by David Bohm | |
Paperback: 304
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(2006-09-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description In these inspiring lectures David Bohm explores Albert Einstein’s celebrated Theory of Relativity that transformed forever the way we think about time and space. Yet for Bohm the implications of the theory were far more revolutionary both in scope and impact even than this. Stepping back from dense theoretical and scientific detail in this eye-opening work, Bohm describes how the notion of relativity strikes at the heart of our very conception of the universe, regardless of whether we are physicists or philosophers. Customer Reviews (6)
4.5*, Good, but not quite 5 stars
Special relativity for deep thinkers!
a nice motivation of special relativity concepts.
The Purely Conceptual View of STR
Thorough on the science, astute on the philosophy |
13. Introduction to Special Relativity by Wolfgang Rindler | |
Paperback: 184
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(1991-07-11)
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Best and most accessible intro to special relativity
Solid Introduction to Special Relativity
The best introduction to Special Relativity (in English)
wonderful |
14. Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity by Hanoch Gutfreund | |
Paperback: 176
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(2004-05-17)
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Editorial Review Product Description This volume, an abridged version of our cloth, slipcased edition, presents one of the most influential scientific documents of the twentieth century: Albert Einstein's exposition of the theory of relativity. Each of the seventy-two handwritten pages are reproduced and are accompanied by an English translation of the original German text. A tribute to Einstein's genius, Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity opens with a brief essay by Hanoch Gutfreund, a chronology of Einstein's life, a selection of quotes by Einstein, and, to introduce the manuscript, a detailed description of the manuscript, its contents, publication history, and provenance. The manuscript pages themselves then follow, reproduced in full color, with the English translation facing each page. Subtle variations in paper and ink are clearly visible in the excellent reproductions, indicating where and when Einstein drafted certain parts. Because the manuscript shows extensive reworking, it reveals Einstein's thought processes more than any other of his handwritten works. Providing a glimpse into one of the greatest minds of the last century, Einstein's 1912 Manuscript is for anyone fascinated by Einstein and the impact of his revolutionary theory. 72 color pages. Customer Reviews (4)
The Centenary Tribute to Einstein and his Special Theory of Relavitity
A Unique Book
Einstein's notes
A very nice gift The paper itself is surprisingly readable as the mathematical notation used is still very much current. Reading the paper requires first-year calculus and physics, so this book is definitely not for everybody. The left side of the page contains a translation in English of the facsimile of the original in German, which appears on the right side of the page. ... Read more |
15. Relativity: An Introduction to Special and General Relativity (Volume 0) by Hans Stephani | |
Paperback: 420
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(2004-03-29)
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Good general purpose book on GTR |
16. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 192
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(2010-10-18)
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An augmented version of Einstein's book for a general audience
Something Important Is Missing.
This is a HORRIBLE Kindle Version
Harder than it needs to be
Bah! |
17. Cosmological Special Relativity: The Large-Scale Structure of Space, Time and Velocity, Second Edition by Moshe Carmeli | |
Hardcover: 224
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(2002-04)
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18. Space and Time in Special Relativity by N. David Mermin | |
Paperback: 240
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(1989-01)
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Lucid for anybody
A classic
Unquestionably the best intro to Special Relativity I've read
also good for "specialists"-to-be too
An Essential Guide to Modern Physics Mermin's description of why the old physical modelis inadequate was very descriptive and informative - even for someone witha highschool physics background. Numerous examples and analogies bring tounderstanding many difficult and abstract concepts. As for the skeptic . .. well, he deals with them in the later part of the book (I was one ofthem). This book reads like a Science Fiction novel. Yet the topicspresented could not be more real. We have Einstein to thank for thePrinciples and Theories of Special Relativity, and Mermin to thank forcommunicating them to the general population. I recommend this book toeverybody; physicist or not. You cannot fool youself into thinking you havean understanding of the universe until you read and comprehend the topicscovered in this book. Enjoy! ... Read more |
19. Works of Albert Einstein: On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, Relativity: The Special and General Theory, Sidelights on Relativity, Dialog about Objections ... the Theory of Relativity & more (mobi) by Albert Einstein | |
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Editorial Review Product Description Table of Contents: Albert Einstein Biography On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (1905) Translated by Megh Nad Saha The Einstein Theory of Relativity, A Concise Statement by Prof. H.A. Lorentz of the University of Leyden Customer Reviews (1)
The worlds greatest mind |
20. Introduction to Special Relativity by Robert Resnick | |
Paperback: 248
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(1968-01-15)
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Clear and thorough introduction |
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