Special Relativity

  • Nicholas M. J. Woodhouse

Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 173-191

About this book


Special relativity is one of the high points of the undergraduate mathematical physics syllabus. Nick Woodhouse writes for those approaching the subject with a background in mathematics: he aims to build on their familiarity with the foundational material and the way of thinking taught in first-year mathematics courses, but not to assume an unreasonable degree of prior knowledge of traditional areas of physical applied mathematics, particularly electromagnetic theory. His book provides mathematics students with the tools they need to understand the physical basis of special relativity and leaves them with a confident mathematical understanding of Minkowski's picture of space-time. Special Relativity is loosely based on the tried and tested course at Oxford, where extensive tutorials and problem classes support the lecture course. This is reflected in the book in the large number of examples and exercises, ranging from the rather simple through to the more involved and challenging. The author has included material on acceleration and tensors, and has written the book with an emphasis on space-time diagrams. Written with the second year undergraduate in mind, the book will appeal to those studying the 'Special Relativity' option in their Mathematics or Mathematics and Physics course. However, a graduate or lecturer wanting a rapid introduction to special relativity would benefit from the concise and precise nature of the book.


EFE Four-acceleration Four-current Four-momentum Four-vector Four-velocity Lorentz group Lorentz transformation Minkowski space Potential Relativity Special relativity Time dilation mathematical physics special theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicholas M. J. Woodhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteOxford UniversityOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-426-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0083-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1615-2085
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