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An illustrated guide to relativity

Author: Tatsu Takeuchi
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a step-by-step explanation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity through a series of diagrams rather than equations.
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tatsu Takeuchi
ISBN: 9780521763943 0521763940 9780521141000 0521141001
OCLC Number: 601110314
Awards: Winner of A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2011
Description: x, 256 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Kinematics: relativity without any equations --
1. Welcome to the world of relativity --
2. Basics --
Questions about motion --
Frames of reference --
Relativity of motion --
The Law of Inertia --
Inertial and non-inertial frames --
What's so "special" about Special Relativity? --
3. Galilean relativity --
Basic questions --
Spacetime diagrams --
The Galilei transformation --
Addition of velocities --
Acceleration and Newton's Second Law --
4. Einsteinian relativity --
The mystery of the speed of light --
Modification to the spacetime diagram --
The problem --
The solution --
Einstein's argument --
The solution, continued --
Conservation of spacetime volume --
The Lorentz transformation --
The low velocity limit of the Lorentz transformation --
Addition of velocities --
Dependence of inertia on speed --
5. Causality --
Before and after --
Paradox? --
Instantaneous communication? --
Impossibility of faster than light travel --
The light-cone --
6. Consequences --
Synchronization of clocks --
Time dilation --
What time dilation DOES NOT mean --
Lorentz contraction --
What Lorentz contraction DOES NOT mean --
Twin paradox --
Doppler effect --
Red shift --
Blue shift --
Red shift and the expansion of the universe. pt. II. Problems --
8. Qualitative problems --
Reading the spacetime diagram --
Street lamps --
Supernovae --
Questions on before and after --
The hare and the tortoise 1, 2, 3 --
The starship and the supernova --
Relativistic sports --
Tagging up in baseball 1, 2 --
The offside rule in soccer --
Lorentz contraction --
Train and tunnel --
The starship and the enemy space cruiser 1, 2 --
The duel of the space cruisers --
Trains in a tunnel --
9. Quantitative problems --
Addition of velocities. pt. III. Dynamics: relativity with a few equations --
10. The world's most famous equation --
11. The problem --
12. Newtonian dynamics --
The mass-momentum vector --
The impulse vector --
Inertial mass --
Newton's Second Law --
Newton's Third Law and the conservation of mass-momentum --
13. Relativistic dynamics --
The energy-momentum vector --
The energy-momentum vector of a photon --
The work-impulse vector --
Conservation of energy-momentum --
E=mc2 --
Common misconception about E=mc2 --
14. Summary of pt. III.
Other Titles: Guide to relativity
Relativity
Responsibility: Tatsu Takeuchi.

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