Special Relativity,
Edition 1 A Heuristic Approach
By Sadri Hassani

Publication Date: 05 May 2017

Special Relativity: A Heuristic Approach provides a qualitative exposition of relativity theory on the basis of the constancy of the speed of light. Using Einstein's signal velocity as the defining idea for the notion of simultaneity and the fact that the speed of light is independent of the motion of its source, chapters delve into a qualitative exposition of the relativity of time and length, discuss the time dilation formula using the standard light clock, explore the Minkowski four-dimensional space-time distance based on how the time dilation formula is derived, and define the components of the two-dimensional space-time velocity, amongst other topics.

Key Features

  • Provides a heuristic derivation of the Minkowski distance formula
  • Uses relativistic photography to see Lorentz transformation and vector algebra manipulation in action
  • Includes worked examples to elucidate and complement the topic being discussed
  • Written in a very accessible style
About the author
By Sadri Hassani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA and Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
Book details
ISBN: 9780128104118
Page Count: 380
Retail Price : £78.95
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