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Practical relativity : from first principles to the theory of gravity

Author: R N Henriksen
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011.
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The book is intended to serve as lecture material for courses on relativity at undergraduate level. Although there has been much written on special relativity the present book will emphasize the real  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R N Henriksen
ISBN: 9780470741429 0470741422 9780470741412 0470741414
OCLC Number: 643322333
Description: xvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: The World Without Gravity 1 Non-relativity for relativists 1.1 Vectors and reference frames 2 Invariance of physical law under change of inertial frame of reference 2.1 Prologue 2.2 The theory of light or electromagnetic waves 2.3 Measurement theory and the Lorentz transformations 3 Implications: Using and understanding the Lorentz transformations 3.1 Prologue 3.2 Kinematic applications 3.3 Kinematic acceleration 3.4 Geometrical optics 4 The measure of space-time 4.1 Prologue 4.2 Metric space-time 4.3 Four-vector dynamics 5 Electromagnetic theory in space-time 5.1 Prologue 5.2 Lagrangian dynamics of an electromagnetic charge 5.3 Electromagnetism for arbitrary inertial observers Part Two: Relativity with the Gravitational Field 6 Gravitational structure of space-time 6.1 Prologue 6.2 The weak gravitational field 6.3 Constant or stationary gravitational field 6.4 Strong gravitational field
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