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Newton to Einstein: The Trail of Light: An Excursion to the Wave-Particle Duality and the Special Theory of Relativity

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This engaging text takes the reader along the trail of light from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity. Like the best detective stories, it presents clues and encourages the reader to draw conclusions before the answers are revealed. The first seven chapters cover the behavior of light, Newton's particle theory, waves and an electromagnetic wave theory of light, the photon, and wave-particle duality. Baierlein goes on to develop the special theory of relativity, showing how time dilation and length contraction are consequences of the two simple principles underlying the theory. An extensive chapter derives the equation E = mc2 clearly from first principles and then explores its consequences.

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Originally printed in 1992, this undergraduate text traces the development of theories about light from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity. Baierlein (Wesleyan University) describes the behavior of light and explains the major theories concerning particles, electromagnetic waves, photons, wave-particle duality, and the special theory of relativity. Time dilation, length contraction, and the aging of twins are specifically considered. A full chapter is devoted to deriving the equation E=mc2 from first principles.
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Synopsis:

This undergraduate text takes the non-science student from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity.

Synopsis:

This undergraduate text takes the non-science student from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity.

Synopsis:

This undergraduate text takes the reader along the trail of light from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity. Like the best detective stories, it presents clues and encourages the reader to draw conclusions before the answers are revealed. The first seven chapters describe how light behaves, develop Newton's particle theory, introduce waves and an electromagnetic wave theory of light, discover the photon, and culminate in the wave-particle duality. The book grew out of a popular one-semester course for non-science students.

About the Author

RALPH BAIERLEIN received his PhD from Princeton University; his thirty seven years of classroom teaching were spent at Harvard and at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He has published papers in astrophysics, cosmology and relativity theory. For eight years he served as book review editor of the American Journal of Physics, and has written many papers related to the teaching of physics. In 1996 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. How light behaves; 2. Newton's particle theory; 3. A wave theory of light; 4. Interference; 5. Electromagnetic waves; 6. The photon; 7. The wave-particle duality; 8. Does the speed of light depend on the motion of the source of light?; 9. The principles of the Special Theory of Relativity; 10. Time dilation and length contraction; 11. E=mc2; 12. The twins; 13. The Lorentz transformations; 14. Space and time; Glossary; Appendices; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521423236
Author:
Baierlein, Ralph
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, UK
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Solid State Physics
Subject:
Light
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Special relativity (physics)
Subject:
Wave-particle duality.
Subject:
Special relativity
Subject:
Physics-Optics
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no 97
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 b/w illus. 5 tables
Pages:
348
Dimensions:
6.69x9.60x.72 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This undergraduate text takes the non-science student from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity.
"Synopsis" by , This undergraduate text takes the reader along the trail of light from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity. Like the best detective stories, it presents clues and encourages the reader to draw conclusions before the answers are revealed. The first seven chapters describe how light behaves, develop Newton's particle theory, introduce waves and an electromagnetic wave theory of light, discover the photon, and culminate in the wave-particle duality. The book grew out of a popular one-semester course for non-science students.
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