Special Relativity
French (A.P.)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. This is a textbook for students who have completed an introduction to classical mechanics.
  2. It opens with a description of the smooth transition from Newtonian to Einsteinian behaviour for electrons as their energy is progressively increased, and this leads directly to the relativistic expressions for mass, momentum, and energy of a particle.
  3. Later chapters discuss frames of reference, simultaneity, and other topics leading to the Lorentz transformations and the laws of kinematics and dynamics.
  4. The last chapter uses the kinematic and dynamic results of special relativity to illuminate the essential connection between electric and magnetic fields and forces.

Contents
  1. Departures from Newtonian dynamics
    • Newton – 5
    • "The ultimate speed" – 6
    • Photons – 11
    • The energy-momentum relation for photons – 13
    • Matter and radiation: the inertia of energy – 16
    • Energy, momentum, and mass – 20
    • Is the new dynamics correct? – 24
    • Motion under a constant force – 26
    • "Einstein's box unhinged" – 27
    • Some comments
  2. Perplexities in the propagation of light
    • The nature of light – 38
    • The luminiferous ether – 39
    • Stellar aberration – 41
    • A modified aberration experiment – 44
    • Fizeau's measurement of the drag coefficient – 46
    • Prelude to the Michelson-Morley experiment – 49
    • The Michelson-Morley experiment – 51
    • Concluding remarks – 57
  3. Einstein and the Lorentz-Einstein transformations
    • Preamble: the contraction hypothesis – 63
    • Einstein reasserts relativity – 65
    • Relativity according to Galileo and Newton – 66
    • The transformation of Newton's law – 68
    • Einstein and the universality of c – 70
    • The second postulate and observational evidence – 72
    • The relativity of simultaneity – 74
    • The Lorentz-Einstein transformations – 76
    • More about the Lorentz transformations – 81
    • Minkowski diagrams: Space-time – 82
    • A space-time invariant – 83
  4. Relativity and the measurement of lengths and time intervals
    • Observers – 90
    • Point events and their transformations – 92
    • Time measurements – 94
    • The Lorentz contraction – 96
    • Time dilation – 97
    • Observation of time dilation with cosmic-ray mesons – 101
    • Another interpretation of the time-dilation experiment – 104
    • More about time and length measurements – 105
    • A Michelson-Morley experiment with lasers – 109
    • Relativity is truly relative – 111
    • Space-time intervals and causality – 117
  5. Relativistic kinematics
    • Transformation of velocities – 125
    • Radiation from a rapidly moving source – 127
    • Light in a moving medium: the drag coefficient – 131
    • Transverse motions; stellar aberration – 132
    • The Doppler effect – 134
    • More about Doppler effects – 139
    • Doppler effect and time dilation – 144
    • A new search for the ether – 147
    • Looking at moving clocks and other objects – 149
    • Accelerated motions – 152
    • The twins – 154
  6. Relativistic dynamics — collisions and conservation laws
    • Two views of an elastic collision – 169
    • Two views of an inelastic collision – 172
    • Further remarks on the conservation laws – 175
    • Absorption and emission of photons – 176
    • The Mossbauer effect – 180
    • The photon rocket – 183
    • Creation of particles – 184
    • Scattering – 191
    • The Doppler effect revisited – 197
  7. More about relativistic dynamics
    • An energy-momentum invariant and its use – 205
    • Lorentz transformations for energy and momentum – 208
    • Four-vectors – 213
    • Force in relativistic mechanics – 214
    • Magnetic analysis of relativistic particles – 219
    • General force transformations; action and reaction – 221
  8. Relativity and electricity
    • Coulomb's law – 231
    • The magnetic force on a moving charge – 232
    • Introducing the relativistic approach – 234
    • The transformation of Coulomb's law – 236
    • The force on a stationary test charge – 237
    • The force on a moving test charge – 244
    • The field of a line distribution of charge – 250
    • The magnetic field and relativity – 254
    • The magnetic force on a moving charge due to a current-bearing wire – 256
    • More about magnetic forces and Lorentz contractions – 259
    • The force between current-bearing wires – 262
    • Units and systems of electric and magnetic measurement – 264

BOOK COMMENT:

Chapman & Hall, First Edition (1968), 1996 Reprint



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