Relativity Before 1905

  • James J. Callahan
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


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.


Coordinate Frame Lorentz Transformation Finish Line Galilean Transformation Spacetime Diagram 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • James J. Callahan
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsSmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA

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