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Relativity Matters

From Einstein's EMC2 to Laser Particle Acceleration and Quark-Gluon Plasma

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  • Special relativity textbook authored by a leading researcher in the field

  • Self-contained presentation, from the foundations to applications at the frontiers of research

  • Includes many exercises, worked examples and detailed discussions

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXV
  2. Space-Time, Light and the Æther

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-2
    2. Space-Time

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 3-19
    3. The Michelson-Morley Experiment

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 21-28
    4. Material Bodies in Special Relativity

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 29-43
  3. Time Dilation, and Lorentz-Fitzgerald Body Contraction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 45-46
    2. Time Dilation

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 47-59
    3. The Lorentz-FitzGerald Body Contraction

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 61-72
  4. The Lorentz Transformation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-74
    2. Relativistic Coordinate Transformation

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 75-87
  5. Measurement

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 115-116
    2. The Bell Rockets

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 133-140
  6. Time

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-142
    2. The Light-Cone

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 143-147
    3. Causality, Twins

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 149-169
    4. SR-Doppler Shift

      • Johann Rafelski
      Pages 171-179
  7. Mass, Energy, Momentum

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-182

About this book

Rafelski presents Special Relativity in a language deemed accessible to students without any topical preparation - avoiding the burden of geometry, tensor calculus, and space-time symmetries – and yet advancing in highly contemporary context all the way to research frontiers. Special Relativity is presented such that nothing remains a paradox or just apparent, but rather is explained.

A text of similar character, content, and scope, has not been available before. This book describes Special Relativity when rigid material bodies are introduced describing the reality of body contraction; it shows the relevance of acceleration and the necessary evolution of the theoretical framework when acceleration is critical. This book also presents the evolving views of Einstein about the aether.

In addition to a careful and elementary introduction to relativity complete with exercises, worked examples and many discussions, this volume connects to current research topics so that readers can explore Special Relativity from the foundation to the frontier.


Johann Rafelski is a theoretical physicist working at The University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Born in 1950 in Krakow, Poland, he received his Ph.D. with Walter Greiner at University Frankfurt, Germany in 1973. In 1977 Rafelski arrived at CERN-Geneva, where with Rolf Hagedorn he developed the search for quark-gluon plasma in relativistic heavy ion collision as a novel research domain. He invented and developed the strangeness quark flavor as the signature of quark-gluon plasma, advancing the discovery of this new phase of primordial matter. Professor Rafelski also has held professional appointments at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Cape Town, the University of Paris-Jussieu, and the Ecole Polytechnique. He has been a DFG Excellence Initiative Professor at Ludwig-Maximillian University Munich. In collaboration with researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and ELI-Beamlines in Prague he is using ultra-intense lasers in nuclear and fundamental physics.

Prof. Rafelski is the editor of the open-access book: Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks - From Hagedorn Temperature to Ultra-Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions at CERN - With a Tribute to Rolf Hagedorn (Springer, 2016)

Keywords

  • Special Relativity textbook
  • Foundational concepts in SR
  • Relativistic dynamics of charged particles
  • Measurements in SR
  • Causality and special relativity
  • Relativistic kinematics
  • History of relativity theory
  • Lorentz-FitzGerald body contraction

Reviews

“This monograph on special relativity (SR) is presented in a form accessible to a broad readership, from pre-university level to undergraduate and graduate students. At the same time, it will also be of great interest to professional physicists.” (Torleif Ericson, cerncourier.com, February, 2018)

“This book offers a valuable study of special relativity (SR) in a language accessible to students ... . An outstanding feature of the book is that it connects clarity in the fundamental questions about SR, and the developments of SR since 1905 to current research topics. This is an impressive book that should be beneficial for students, lecturers and explorers who are interested in SR.” (Abraham A. Ungar, zbMATH 1375.83001, 2018)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Physics, University of Arizona, TUCSON, USA

    Johann Rafelski

About the author

Johann Rafelski is a theoretical physicist working at The University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Born in 1950 in Krakow, Poland, he received his Ph.D. with Walter Greiner at University Frankfurt, Germany in 1973. In 1977 Rafelski arrived at CERN-Geneva, where with Rolf Hagedorn he developed the search for quark-gluon plasma in relativistic heavy ion collision as a novel research domain. He invented and developed the strangeness quark flavor as the signature of quark-gluon plasma, advancing the discovery of this new phase of primordial matter. Professor Rafelski teaches Relativity, Quantum, Particle and Nuclear Physics; in addition to CERN and Arizona, he also has held professional appointments at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Cape Town, the University of Paris-Jussieu, and the Ecole Polytechnique. He has been a DFG Excellence Initiative Professor at Ludwig-Maximillian University Munich. In collaboration with researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and ELI-Beamlines in Prague he is using ultra-intense lasers in nuclear and fundamental physics.

Prof. Rafelski is the editor of the open-access book: Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks - From Hagedorn Temperature to Ultra-Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions at CERN - With a Tribute to Rolf Hagedorn (Springer, 2016)

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-51231-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)