Special Relativity

Chapter
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Abstract

Prior to this point we have accepted a Euclidean geometry and a Newtonian concept of space and time. Newton said, “Absolute space, in its own nature, without relation to anything external, remains always similar and immovable.” And regarding time he said, “Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external...” ([77], p. 6). And we have allowed ourselves to imagine that we can observe all frames of reference from some separate position, perhaps at rest in the universe.

Keywords

Light Pulse Minkowski Space Thought Experiment Light Cone Inertial Frame 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goshen CollegeGoshenUSA

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