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Space, Time, Matterby Hermann Weyl
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:"A classic of physics ... the first systematic presentation of Einstein's theory of relativity." — British Journal for Philosophy and Science. Long one of the standard texts in the field, this excellent introduction probes deeply into Euclidean space, Riemann's space, Einstein's general relativity, gravitational waves and energy, and laws of conservation. Synopsis:Excellent introduction probes deeply into Euclidean space, Riemann's space, Einstein's general relativity, gravitational waves and energy, and laws of conservation. "A classic of physics." — British Journal for Philosophy and Science. About the AuthorAlong with his fundamental contributions to most branches of mathematics, Hermann Weyl (18851955) took a serious interest in theoretical physics. In addition to teaching in Zürich, Göttingen, and Princeton, Weyl worked with Einstein on relativity theory at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Hermann Weyl: The Search for Beautiful Truths One of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century, Hermann Weyl (18851955) was associated with three major institutions during his working years: the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the University of Gottingen, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In the last decade of Weyl's life (he died in Princeton in 1955), Dover reprinted two of his major works, The Theory of Groups and Quantum Mechanics and Space, Time, Matter. Two others, The Continuum and The Concept of a Riemann Surface were added to the Dover list in recent years. In the Author's Own Words: "My work always tried to unite the truth with the beautiful, but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful." "We are not very pleased when we are forced to accept mathematical truth by virtue of a complicated chain of formal conclusions and computations, which we traverse blindly, link by link, feeling our way by touch. We want first an overview of the aim and of the road; we want to understand the idea of the proof, the deeper context." "A modern mathematical proof is not very different from a modern machine, or a modern test setup: the simple fundamental principles are hidden and almost invisible under a mass of technical details." — Hermann Weyl Critical Acclaim for Space, Time, Matter: "A classic of physics . . . the first systematic presentation of Einstein's theory of relativity." — British Journal for Philosophy and Science Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I EUCLIDEAN SPACE. ITS MATHEMATICAL FORM AND ITS RÔLE IN PHYSICS. § 1. Derivation of the Elementary Conceptions of Space from that of Equality § 2. Foundations of Affine Geometry § 3. "Conception of ndimensional Geometry, Linear Algebra, Quadratic Forms" § 4. Foundations of Metrical Geometry § 5. Tensors § 6. Tensor Algebra. Examples § 7. Symmetrical Properties of Tensors § 8. Tensor Analysis. Stresses § 9. The Stationary Electromagnetic Field CHAPTER II THE METRICAL CONTINUUM § 10. Note on NonEuclidean Geometry § 11. Riemann's Geometry § 12. Riemann's Geometry (continued). Dynamical View of Metrics § 13. Tensors and Tensordensities in an Arbitrary Manifolds § 14. Affinely Connected Manifolds § 15. Curvature § 16. Metrical Space § 17. Remarks on the Special Case of Riemann's Space § 18. Space Metrics from the Point of View of the Theory of Groups CHAPTER III RELATIVITY OF SPACE AND TIME § 19. Galilei's and Newton's Principle of Relativity § 20. Electrodynamics of Varying Fields. Lorentz's Theorem of Relativity § 21. Einstein's Principle of Relativity § 22. "Relativistic Geometry, Kinematics, and Optics" § 23. Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies § 24. Mechanics of the Principle of Relativity § 25. Mass and Energy § 26. Mie's Theory Concluding Remarks § 27. "Relativity of Motion, Metrical Field, and Gravitation" § 28. Einstein's Fundamental Law of Gravitation § 29. Stationary Gravitational Field. Relationship with Experience § 30. Gravitational Waves § 31. Rigorous Solution of the Problem of One Body § 32. Further Rigorous Solutions of the Statical Problem of Gravitation § 33. Energy of Gravitation. Laws of Conservation § 34. Concerning the Interconnection of the World as a Whole § 35. Word Metrics as the Origin of Electromagnetic Phenomena § 36. Application of the Simplest Principle of Action Fundamental Equations of Mechanics APPENDIX I APPENDIX II BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES INDEX What Our Readers Are SayingBe the first to add a comment for a chance to win!Product Details
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