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Minkowski spacetime : a hundred years later

Author: Vesselin Petkov; H Minkowski
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2010.
Series: Fundamental theories of physics, v. 165.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the 1909 publication of Minkowski 's seminal paper "Space and Time," this volume includes a fresh translation as well as the original in German, and a number of contributed papers on the still-controversial subject.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Minkowski spacetime.
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2010
(OCoLC)436030863
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vesselin Petkov; H Minkowski
ISBN: 9789048134755 9048134757
OCLC Number: 630116619
Language Note: Text in English with Minkowski's paper also in German.
Description: 1 online resource (xlii, 326 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Minkowski Spacetime:A Hundred Years Later; Preface; References; Contributors; Raum und Zeit/Space and Time; Part I The Impact of Minkowski Spacetime on the Twentieth Century Physics from a Historical Perspective; 1 Hermann Minkowski, Relativity and the Axiomatic Approach to Physics; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 The Principle of Relativity; 1.3 The Basic Equations of Electromagnetic Processes in Moving Bodies; 1.3.1 Three Meanings of ``Relativity''; 1.3.2 Axioms of Electrodynamics; 1.3.3 Relativity and Mechanics; 1.3.4 Relativity and Gravitation; 1.4 Space and Time; 1.4.1 Groups of Transformations. 1.4.2 Empirical Considerations1.4.3 Relativity and Existing Physical Theories; 1.5 Max Born, Relativity, and the Theories of the Electron; 1.6 Summary and Concluding Remarks; References; 2 Minkowski's Modern World; 2.1 The Geometry of Physical Space Circa 1907; 2.2 World-Geometry (1907 --
1908); 2.3 The Reception of ``Raum und Zeit''; 2.4 Minkowski's Modern World; References; Part II Implications of Minkowski Spacetime for Theoretical Physics; 3 Hermann Minkowski and Special Relativity; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Newtonian Mechanics; 3.3 Special Relativity; 3.4 Minkowski and Special Relativity. Geometry and Kinematics3.5 Minkowski and Special Relativity; Electromagnetic Theory 1; 3.6 Minkowski and Special Relativity; Electromagnetic Theory 2; 3.7 Conclusions; References; 4 The Rich Structure of Minkowski Space; 4.1 General Introduction; 4.2 Minkowski Space and Its Partial Automorphisms; 4.2.1 Outline of General Strategy; 4.2.2 Definition of Minkowski Space and Poincaré Group; 4.2.3 From Metric to Affine Structures; 4.2.4 From Causal to Affine Structures; 4.2.5 The Impact of The Law of Inertia; 4.2.6 The Impact of Relativity; 4.2.7 Local Versions. 4.3 Selected Structures in Minkowski Space4.3.1 Simultaneity; 4.3.2 The Lattices of Causally and Chronologically Complete Sets; 4.3.3 Rigid Motion; Appendix 1: Sets and Group Actions; Appendix 2: Affine Spaces; Appendix 3: Affine Maps; Appendix 4: Affine Frames, Active and Passive Transformations; References; 5 Minkowski Space-Time and Quantum Mechanics; 5.1 Time, Space, and Quantum Mechanics; 5.2 Heisenberg Representation; 5.3 Relation Between Quantum Field Theories and Quantum Mechanics; 5.3.1 Particles; 5.4 Locality. 5.4.1 Leggett's Extention of Bell's Theorem for Non-Linear Classical System5.5 Conclusion; References; 6 Modern Space-Time and Undecidability; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Quantum Mechanics with Real Clocks; 6.3 Fundamental Limits to Realistic Clocks; 6.4 Possible Experimental Implications; 6.5 Conceptual Implications; 6.6 Undecidability and the Laws of Physics; 6.7 Discussion; References; 7 Quantum Space-Times; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Quantum Nature of the Big Bang; 7.2.1 Issue of the Beginning and the End; 7.2.2 Some Key Questions; 7.2.3 FRW Models and The WDW Theory.
Series Title: Fundamental theories of physics, v. 165.
Responsibility: Vesselin Petkov, editor.

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