Special Relativity: An Introduction with 200 Problems and Solutions

Second edition of Tsamparlis' comprehensive Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics includes seven new chapters

Author: Michael Tsamparlis
© Springer Nature Switzerland 2019 
ISBN: 978-3-030-27346-0 (Print) 978-3-030-27347-7 (Online) 
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-27347-7


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This textbook develops Special Relativity in a systematic way and offers the unique feature of having more than 200 problems with detailed solutions to empower students to gain a real understanding of this core subject in physics.  This new edition has been thoroughly updated and has new sections on relativistic fluids, relativistic kinematics and on four-acceleration. The problems and solution section has been significantly expanded and short history sections have been included throughout the book.

The approach is structural in the sense that it develops Special Relativity in Minkowski space following the parallel steps as 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 their role in the development of the physical theory.

The book is intended to be used both as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate 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 200 problems, carefully classified according to subject area and solved in detail, providing an independent problem book on Special Relativity.

The author: 

Prof. Dr. Michael Tsamparlis received his PhD from Imperial College in London and has more than 35 years of teaching experience at Imperial college (UK) and the universities of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Athens (Greece). His research is focused on General Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology.