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Introduction to the Relativity Principle

Introduction to the Relativity Principle
Author: G. Barton
ISBN 13: 9780471998969
ISBN 10: 471998966
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 1999-08-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $77.99

Relativity, almost a hundred years old in its classic Einsteinian form, is one of the most fascinating threads running through science from Galileo's day to ours. This book, based on a short course at the University of Sussex, presents relativity as a natural outgrowth of dynamics: the concepts are introduced through careful physical reasoning and simple mathematics, and are then applied over a wide range, well meshed with current undergraduate syllabuses. Features

* An accessible introduction through pre-Einstein relativity

* Scrupulously assessed experimental evidence (mostly modern)

* Elementary mathematics, aimed at a working acquaintance with kinematics, energy and momentum conservation, and the propagation of plane waves

* The book includes many carefully chosen examples and student problems

Introduction to the Relativity Principle is suitable for undergraduates studying physics, also as a preliminary to more formal courses designed for mathematicians.