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Relativity Made Relatively Easy


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Part I: The Relativistic World 1: Basic ideas 2: The Lorentz transformation 3: Moving light sources 4: Dynamics 5: The conservation of energy-momentum 6: Further kinematics 7: Relativity and electromagnetism 8: Electromagnetic radiation Part II: An Introduction to General Relativity 9: The Principle of Equivalence 10: Warped spacetime 11: Physics from the metric Part III: Further Special Relativity 12: Tensors and index notation 13: Rediscovering electromagnetism 14: Lagrangian mechanics 15: Angular momentum 16: Energy density 17: What is spacetime?

About the Author

Andrew M. Steane was born in Bath, England (1965) and educated at Christ's Hospital school and Oxford University. He has been Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford since 2002 and has been a Visiting Professor at various institutes. Steane was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2000 for his work on quantum error correction. He has given numerous public lectures and school demonstrations in physics, and is the author of "The Wonderful World of Relativity" (OUP, Oxford 2011).


` Albert Einstein once emphasized, one should make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. Andrew Steane follows the master's recommendation and presents a relatively easy tour through the wonderful worlds of special and general relativity. He guides the reader patiently and pedagogically through the fundamental concepts as well as their main applications. This book is of great value for both students and lecturers.' Claus Kiefer, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne `Steane's book provides a physically oriented introduction to Special Relativity and its consequences, which does not compromise rigour in its exposition. I do not know of any other textbook on the topic covering such a breadth of topics at a detailed, but at the same time accessible and insightful level. In particular, the discussion of electromagnetism in the context of Special Relativity -where Relativity really comes into life- is excellent. The book contains an interesting and original selection of exercises which will help the dedicated reader to gain mastery in the details of the theory. ' Juan A. Valiente Kroon, School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London `Offering a uniquely broad and thorough coverage of one of the standard tools of modern physics, Andrew Steane's Relativity Made Relatively Easy is an approachable and comprehensive coverage of Einstein's most famous contribution to science. It is sure to become a favorite resource for students and researchers alike.' Warren Anderson, Center for Gravitation and Cosmology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee `The book has truly the potential to become a pivotal part of scholarship in physics. This lucid and thoughtful approach to taking the reader pedagogically through how Einsteinian relativity works, and how it supersedes the Newtonian construction with respect to explaining the basic principles of physical law, is comprehensive, thorough, innovative, challenging, and in many cases original. Steane's approach fills a gap in what in many university undergraduate courses has become a topic considered rather too briefly and in a rather too stereotyped manner, and which thereby has always denied physics graduates of the deeper insight into how Lorentz invariance is at the root of almost everything.' John Dainton, Sir James Chadwick Professor of Physics, University of Liverpool

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