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This classic work offers a concise and comprehensive review of the literature on relativity as of 1921, along with the author's insightful update of later developments in relativity theory and coverage of subsequent controversies. Special attention is given to unified field theories. 1958 edition.

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Nobel Laureate's brilliant early treatise on Einstein's revolutionary theory--original text plus author's retrospective comments 35 years later.

Synopsis:

This classic work offers a concise and comprehensive review of the literature on relativity as of 1921, along with the author’s insightful update of later developments in relativity theory and coverage of the controversial questions that arose. Special attention is given to unified field theor

Synopsis:

Nobel Laureate's brilliant early treatise on Einstein's theory consists of his original 1921 text plus retrospective comments 35 years later. Concise and comprehensive, it pays special attention to unified field theories.

About the Author

Wolfgang Pauli: The Young Genius

Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), Austrian by birth, was one of the most influential physicists of the twentieth century and winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the Pauli exclusion principle in quantum mechanics. His classic work on relativity was first published in Germany in 1921, when Pauli was twenty-one years old. The physicist A. Sommerfeld wrote this in his Preface to the 1921 German edition of Pauli's work:

"In view of the apparently insatiable demand, especially in Germany, for accounts of the Theory of Relativity, both of a popular and of a highly specialized kind, I felt I ought to advise the publishers to arrange for a separate edition of the excellent article by Herr W. Pauli, Jr., which appeared in the Encyklopadie der mathematischen Wissenschaften, Vol. V. Although Herr Pauli was still a student at the time he was not only familiar with the most subtle arguments in the Theory of Relativity through his own research work, but was also fully conversant with the literature of the subject."

First translated and published in English in 1958, and reprinted by Dover in 1981, Pauli's Theory of Relativity continues to find readers another fifty years later. In 2000, Dover reprinted the six volumes of Pauli's collected lectures on physics which had first been published by MIT: Electrodynamics (Volume 1), Optics and the Theory of Electrons (Volume 2), Thermodynamics and the Kinetic Theory of Gases (Volume 3), Statistical Mechanics (Volume 4), Wave Mechanics (Volume 5), and Selected Topics in Field Quantization (Volume 6).

In 1928, Pauli, not yet thirty years old, was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich where he did much of his most important work. Following Germany's takeover of Austria in 1938, and the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Pauli emigrated to the United States where he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Princeton. In 1946, he became a naturalized American citizen before returning to Zurich, where he mostly lived for the last decade of his life.

Table of Contents

  Preface by W. Pauli; Preface by A. Sommerfeld; Bibliography

Part I. The foundations of the special theory of relativity

  1. Historical background (Lorentz, Poincaré, Einstein)

  2. The postulate of relativity

  3. The postulate of the constancy of the velocity of light. Ritz's and related theories

  4. The relativity of simultaneity. Derivation of the Lorentz transformation from the two postulates. Axiomatic nature of the Lorentz transformation

  5. Lorentz contraction and time dilatation

  6. Einstein's addition theorem for velocities and its application to aberration and the drag coefficient. The Doppler effect

Part II. Mathematical Tools

  7. The four-dimensional space-time world (Minkowski)

  8. More general transformation groups

  9. Tensor calculus for affine transformations

  10. Geometrical meaning of the contravariant and covariant components of a vector

  11. "Surface" and "volume" tensors. Four-dimensional volumes

  12. Dual tensors

  13. Transition to Riemannian geometry

  14. Parallel displacement of a vector

  15. Geodesic lines

  16. Space curvature

  17. Riemannian coordinates and their applications

  18. The special cases of Euclidean geometry and of constant curvature

  19. The integral theorems of Gauss and Stokes in a four-dimensional Riemannian manifold

  20. Derivation of invariant differential operations, using geodesic components

  21. Affine tensors and free vectors

  22. Reality relations

  23. Infinitesimal coordinate transformations and variational theorems

Part III. Special theory of relativity. Further elaborations

A. Kinematics

  24. Four-dimensional representation of the Lorentz transformation

  25. The addition theorem for velocities

  26. Transformation law for acceleration. Hyperbolic motion

B. Electrodynamics

  27. Conservation of charge. Four-current density

  28. Covariance of the basic equations of electron theory

  29. Ponderomotive forces. Dynamics of the electron

  30. Momentum and energy of the electromagnetic field. Differential and integral forms of the conservation laws

  31. The invariant action principle of electrodynamics

  32. Applications to special cases

    a. Integration of the equations for the potential

    b. The field of a uniformly moving point charge

    c. The field for hyperbolic motion

    d. Invariance of the light phase. Reflection at a moving mirror. Radiation pressure

    e. The radiation field of a moving dipole

    f. Radiation reaction

  33. Minkowski's phenomenological electrodynamics of moving bodies

  34. Electron-theoretical derivations

  35. Energy-momentum tensor and ponderomotive force in phenomenological electrodynamics. Joule heat

  36. Applications of the theory

    a. The experiments of Rowland, Röntgen, Eichenwald and Wilson

    b. Resistance and induction in moving conductors

    c. Propagation of light in moving media. The drag coefficient. Airy's experiment

    d. Signal velocity and phase velocity in dispersive media

C. Mechanics and general dynamics

  37. Equation of motion. Momentum and kinetic energy

  38. Relativistic mechanics on a basis independent of electrodynamics

  39. Hamilton's principle in relativistic mechanics

  40. Generalized coordinates. Canonical form of the equations of motion

  41. The inertia of energy

  42. General dynamics

  43. Transformation of energy and momentum of a system in the presence of external forces

  44. Applications to special cases. Trouton and Noble's experiments

  45. Hydrodynamics and theory of elasticity

D. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics

  46. Behaviour of the thermodynamical quantities under a Lorentz transformation

  47. The principle of least action

  48. The application of relativity to statistical mechanics

  49. Special cases

    a. Black-body radiation in a moving cavity

    b. The ideal gas

Part IV. General theory of relativity

  50. Historical review, up to Einstein's paper of 1916

  51. General formulation of the principle of equivalence. Connection between gravitation and metric

  52. The postulate of the general covariance of the physical laws

  53. Simple deductions from the principle of equivalence

    a. The equations of motion of a point-mass for small velocities and weak gravitational fields

    b. The red shift of spectral lines

    c. Fermat's principle of least time in static gravitational fields

  54. Influence of the gravitational field on material phenomena

  55. The action principles for material processes in the presence of gravitational fields

  56. The field equations of gravitation

  57. Derivation of the gravitational equations from a variational principle

  58. Comparison with experiment

    a. Newtonian theory as a first approximation

    b. Rigorous solution for the gravitational field of a point-mass

    c. Perihelion precession of Mercury and the bending of light rays

  59. Other special, rigorous, solutions for the statical case

  60. Einstein's general approximative solution and its applications

  61. The energy of the gravitational field

  62. Modifications of the field equations. Relativity of inertia and the space-bounded universe

    a. The Mach principle

    b. Remarks on the statistical equilibrium of the system of fixed stars. The lambda-term

    c. The energy of the finite universe

Part V. Theories on the nature of charged elementary particles

  63. The electron and the special theory of relativity

  64. Mie's theory

  65. Weyl's theory

    a. Pure infinitesimal geometry. Gauge invariance

    b. Electromagnetic field and world metric

    c. The tensor calculus in Weyl's geometry

    d. Field equations and action principle. Physical deductions

  66. Einstein's theory

  67. General remarks on the present state of the problem of matter

    Supplementary notes; Author index; Subject index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486641522
Other:
Sommerfeld, A.
Author:
Sommerfeld, A.
Author:
Pauli, Wolfgang
Author:
Pauli, W.
Author:
Physics
Author:
Pauli
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematical Physics
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Physics
Publication Date:
19810731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
255
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.65 lb

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