Basic Relativity

An Introductory Essay

  • Péter Hraskó

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Péter Hraskó
    Pages 1-27
  3. Péter Hraskó
    Pages 29-73
  4. Péter Hraskó
    Pages 75-87
  5. Péter Hraskó
    Pages 89-91
  6. Péter Hraskó
    Pages 93-100
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-104

About this book


This Brief presents a new way of introducing relativity theory, in which perplexing relativistic effects such as time dilation and Lorentz contraction are explained prior to the discussion of Lorentz-transformation. The notion of relativistic mass is shown to contradict the spirit of relativity theory and the true significance of the mass-energy relation is contrasted with the popular view of it. The author discusses the twin paradox from the point of view of both siblings. Last but not least, the fundamentals of general relativity are described, including the recent Gravity Probe B experiment.


Einstein synchronization Gravity Probe B Mass-energy relation Notion of relativistic mass Novel approach to relativity Twin paradox

Authors and affiliations

  • Péter Hraskó
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PécsSzántó Kovács János u. 1/bHungary

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