[[ epub pdf ]] Introduction to Special Relativity (Oxford Science Publications)Author Wolfgang Rindler – Albawater.co

I would highly recommend this book to any advanced physics student studying special relativity It was very easy to read and helped significantly with test revision. Cool Great book overall Complete review introduction to tensors in the appendix which are introduced in Ch 4 on flat spacetime Chapters range from basics of the theory explained in words, to calculus treatment to the full 4 tensor description introduced by Minkowski Other ideas covered group theory, EM stress tensor, De Broglie waves, and Maxwells theory. The special theory of relativity was proposed in 1905 by Albert Einstein in his article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies Some three centuries earlier, Galileo s principle of relativity had stated that all uniform motion was relative, and that there was no absolute and well defined state of rest a person on the deck of a ship may be at rest in his opinion, but someone observing from the shore would say that he was moving Einstein s theory combines Galilean relativity with the postulate that all observers will always measure the speed of light to be the same no matter what their state of uniform linear motion is This theory has a variety of surprising consequences that seem to violate common sense, but which have been verified experimentally and overthrows Newtonian notions of absolute space and time by stating that distance and time depend on the observer, and that time and space are perceived differently, depending on the observer.This book assumes no prior knowledge of relativity, and I have found it great as a device for self teaching this fascinating subject It elaborates on the underlying logic, dwells on the subtleties and apparent paradoxes, and contains a large number of problems which cover all the basic modes of thinking and calculation in this discipline.The viewpoint of the first three chapters is three dimensional These chapters include simple introductions to topics such as the relativity of simultaneity, length contraction, time dilation, the twin paradox, and the appearance of moving objects Starting in chapter four on spacetime, the strongest possible use is made of four dimensional techniques Pure tensor theory is relegated to the appendix, so that it can serve as chapter 3.5 for readers that are unfamiliar with it In chapters 5 and 6, on mechanics and electromagnetism, a purely synthetic four tensor approach is adopted This is simpler and transparent than the historical approach, a good example of four dimensional reasoning, and also brings the reader face to face with the man made aspect of physical laws In the last chapter on the mechanics of continua, the synthetic approach is somewhat softened by the well known analogy with electromagnetism I highly recommend this very readable book on a complex subject It is especially helpful to those with an engineering background, since it makes heavy use of examples and diagrams to explain concepts The table of contents is as follows 1 Foundations of Special Relativity2 Relativistic Kinematics3 Relativistic Optics4 Spacetime5 Relativistic Particle Mechanics6 Relativity and Electromagnetism in Vacuum7 Relativistic Mechanics of ContinuaAppendix Tensors for Special Relativity This book is intended for undergraduates taking an introductory course on special relativity which is rather conceptually and mathematically than experimentally orientated A suitably prepared reader could use it for self study It assumes no prior knowledge of relativity Thus it elaborates the underlying logic, dwells on the subleties and apparent paradoxes, and also contains a large collection of problems which should just about cover all the basic modes of thinking and calculating in special relativity Much emphasis has been laid on developing the student s intuition for space time geometry and four tensor calculus but the approach is not so dogmatically four dimensional that three dimensional methods are rejected our of hand when they yield a result directly This updated new edition contains additional examples and problems, and the chapter on relativistic mechanics of continua has been substantially rewritten