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Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, first published in 1905, radically changed our understanding of the world. Familiar notions of space and time and energy were turned on their head, and our struggle with Einstein's counterintuitive explanation of these concepts was under way. The task is no easier today than it was a hundred years ago, but in this book Sander Bais has found an original and uniquely effective way to convey the fundamental ideas of Einstein's Special Theory.

Bais's previous book, The Equations, was widely read and roundly praised for its clear and commonsense explanation of the math in physics. Very Special Relativity brings the same accessible approach to Einstein's theory. Using a series of easy-to-follow diagrams and employing only elementary high school geometry, Bais conducts readers through the quirks and quandaries of such fundamental concepts as simultaneity, causality, and time dilation. The diagrams also illustrate the difference between the Newtonian view, in which time was universal, and the Einsteinian, in which the speed of light is universal.

Following Bais's straightforward sequence of simple, commonsense arguments, readers can tinker with the theory and its great paradoxes and, finally, arrive at a truly deep understanding of Einstein's interpretation of space and time. An intellectual journey into the heart of the Special Theory, the book offers an intimate look at the terms and ideas that define our reality.

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Bais's previous book, The Equations, was widely read and roundly praised for its clear and commonsense explanation of the math in physics. Very Special Relativity brings the same accessible approach to Einstein's theory. Using a series of easy-to-follow diagrams and employing only elementary high school geometry, Bais conducts readers through the quirks and quandaries of such fundamental concepts as simultaneity, causality, and time dilation.

About the Author

Sander Bais is a theoretical physicist at the University of Amsterdam.

University of Amsterdam

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Rise and fall The logistic equation
  • Mechanics and gravity Newton's dynamical equations and universal law of gravity
  • The electromagnetic force on a charge The Lorentz force law
  • A local conservation law The continuity equation
  • Electrodynamics The Maxwell equations
  • Electromagnetic waves The wave equations
  • Solitary waves The Korteweg-De Vries equation
  • ThermodynamicsThe three laws of thermodynamics
  • Kinetic theoryThe Bolzmann equation
  • HydrodynamicsThe Navier-Stokes equations
  • Special relativityRelativistic kinematics
  • General relativityThe Einstein equations
  • Quantum mechanicsThe Schrödinger equation
  • The relativistic electronThe Dirac equation
  • The strong forceQuantum chromodynamics
  • Electro-weak Interactions The Gashow-Weinberg-Salam model
  • String theory The superstring action
  • Back to the future A final perspective

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674026117
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
Bais, Sander
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Geometry - General
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Special relativity (physics)
Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Mathematics-Geometry - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
6 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , Bais's previous book, The Equations, was widely read and roundly praised for its clear and commonsense explanation of the math in physics. Very Special Relativity brings the same accessible approach to Einstein's theory. Using a series of easy-to-follow diagrams and employing only elementary high school geometry, Bais conducts readers through the quirks and quandaries of such fundamental concepts as simultaneity, causality, and time dilation.
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