Relativity Before 1905
In 1905, Albert Einstein offered a revolutionary theory—special relativity—to explain some of the most troubling problems about electromagnetism and motion in the physics of the day. Soon afterwards, the mathematician Hermann Minkowski recast special relativity essentially as a new geometric structure for spacetime. The ideas of Einstein and Minkowski are the subject of the next two chapters; here we look at the physical questions that stimulated them, as well as partial solutions offered by others.
KeywordsCoordinate Frame Lorentz Transformation Finish Line Galilean Transformation Spacetime Diagram
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