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Presents the relativistic collisions in a new geometric way and prepares the student for the next steps into Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity
Provides a full overview of the mathematics needed to understand special relativity
Consolidated unit of math, physics and application examples
Contains 200 carefully selected and worked out problems with solutions available online
Much of the material is not contained in standard books on the subject
This textbook develops Special Relativity in a systematic way assuming no prior knowledge of Relativity; however the student is assumed to be familiar with the basics of the standard vector calculus.
The approach is structural in the sense that it develops Special Relativity in Minkowski space following the same steps with the development of Newtonian Physics in Euclidian space. A second characteristic of the book is that it discusses the mathematics of the theory independently of the physical principles, so that the reader will appreciate its role in the development of the physical theory.
The book is intended to be used both as a text-book for a teaching course in Special Relativity but also as a reference book for the future. In that respect it is linked to an online repository with more than 500 problems, carefully classified according to subject area and solved in detail, providing an independent problem book on Special Relativity.
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »EFE - Four-acceleration - Four-force - Four-momentum - Four-vector - Lorentz transformation - Minkowski space - Relativity - Special relativity - differential geometry - general relativity