Special Relativity

An Introduction with 200 Problems and Solutions

  • Michael Tsamparlis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 1-53
  3. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 55-66
  4. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 67-86
  5. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 87-115
  6. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 117-154
  7. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 155-183
  8. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 185-252
  9. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 253-264
  10. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 265-282
  11. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 283-324
  12. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 325-375
  13. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 377-393
  14. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 395-494
  15. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 495-519
  16. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 521-554
  17. Michael Tsamparlis
    Pages 555-588
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 589-595

About this book


This textbook develops Special Relativity in a systematic way assuming no prior knowledge of Relativity; however the student is assumed to be familiar with the basics of the standard vector calculus.

The approach is structural in the sense that it develops Special Relativity in Minkowski space following the same steps with the development of Newtonian Physics in Euclidian space. A second characteristic of the book is that it discusses the mathematics of the theory independently of the physical principles, so that the reader will appreciate its role in the development of the physical theory.

The book is intended to be used both as a text-book for a teaching course in Special Relativity but also as a reference book for the future. In that respect it is linked to an online repository with more than 500 problems, carefully classified according to subject area and solved in detail, providing an independent problem book on Special Relativity.


EFE Four-acceleration Four-force Four-momentum Four-vector Lorentz transformation Minkowski space Relativity Special relativity differential geometry general relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Tsamparlis
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. AstrophysicsUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-03836-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-03837-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site