Special Relativistic Theory of Electromagnetism

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG, volume 17)


One of the difficulties in the classical theory of electromagnetism is the condition that the Maxwell-Lorentz ether relations D = E, B = H for a vacuum are not invariant under a general Galilean transformation. As a result, the whole theory is formulated on the basis of a particular ether frame of reference, and some of its predictions are known to be inconsistent with experimental observations. This difficulty is removed in the theory of relativity. In this chapter we summarize first the mathematical model of the event world used in the special theory of relativity. Then we develop the theory of electromagnetism in the context of this mathematical model.


Ether Relation Affine Space Tensor Equation Lorentz Frame Translation Space 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
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  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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