The Geometry of Special Relativity - a Concise Course

  • Norbert Dragon

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Norbert Dragon
    Pages 1-19
  3. Norbert Dragon
    Pages 21-47
  4. Norbert Dragon
    Pages 49-66
  5. Norbert Dragon
    Pages 67-90
  6. Norbert Dragon
    Pages 91-122
  7. Norbert Dragon
    Pages 123-137
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-143

About this book

Introduction

In this concise primer it is shown that, with simple diagrams, the phenomena of time dilatation, length contraction and Lorentz transformations can be deduced from the fact that in a vacuum one cannot distinguish physically straight and uniform motion from rest, and that the speed of light does not depend on the speed of either the source or the observer. The text proceeds to derive the important results of relativistic physics and to resolve its apparent paradoxes. A short introduction into the covariant formulation of electrodynamics is also given. This publication addresses, in particular, students of physics and mathematics in their final undergraduate year.

Keywords

Lorentz transformations covariant electrodynamics geometry of Einstein-Minkowsky spacetime paradoxes in relativistic physics relativistic mechanics and particles relativity textbook special theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Norbert Dragon
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28329-1
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-28328-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-28329-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5423
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5431
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