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Principle of Relativity with Applications to Physical Science.

Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2012.
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An exposition of an alternative rendering of the theory of relativity, this volume is the work of the distinguished English mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead. Suitable for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, its three-part treatment begins with an overview of general principles that may be described as mainly philosophical in character. Part II is devoted to physical applications  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred North Whitehead
ISBN: 1306392497 9781306392495 9780486174198 0486174190
OCLC Number: 869522318
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Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; PREFACE; Table of Contents; PART I --
GENERAL PRINCIPLES; CHAPTER I --
PREFATORY EXPLANATIONS; CHAPTER II --
THE RELATEDNESS OF NATURE; (i) The structure of the continuum of events; (ii) Pervasive adjectives and adjectival particles; (iii) The atomic field of an adjectival particle; CHAPTER III --
EQUALITY; CHAPTER IV --
SOME PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE; PART II --
PHYSICAL APPLICATIONS; CHAPTER V --
THE EQUATIONS OF MOTION; CHAPTER VI --
ON THE FORMULA FOR dJ2; CHAPTER VII --
PERMANENT GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS; CHAPTER VIII --
APPARENT MASS AND THE SPECTRAL SHIFT. CHAPTER IX --
PLANETARY MOTIONCHAPTER X --
ELECTROMAGNETIC EQUATIONS; CHAPTER XI --
GRAVITATION AND LIGHT WAVES; CHAPTER XII --
TEMPERATURE EFFECTS ON GRAVITATIONAL FORCES; CHAPTER XIII --
THE ELECTROSTATIC POTENTIAL AND SPECTRAL SHIFT; CHAPTER XIV --
THE LIMB EFFECT; CHAPTER XV --
PERMANENT DIRECTIONS OF VIBRATION AND THE DOUBLING EFFECT; CHAPTER XVI --
STEADY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; CHAPTER XVII --
THE MOON'S MOTION; PART III --
ELEMENTARY THEORY OF TENSORS; CHAPTER XVIII --
FUNDAMENTAL NOTIONS; CHAPTER XIX --
ELEMENTARY PROPERTIES; CHAPTER XX --
THE PROCESS OF RESTRICTION. CHAPTER XXI --
TENSORS OF THE SECOND ORDERCHAPTER XXII --
THE GALILEAN TENSORS; CHAPTER XXIII --
THE DIFFERENTIATION OF TENSOR COMPONENTS; CHAPTER XXIV --
SOME IMPORTANT TENSORS; DOVER PHOENIX EDITIONS.

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An exposition of an alternative rendering of the theory of relativity, this volume is the work of the distinguished English mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead. Suitable for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, its three-part treatment begins with an overview of general principles that may be described as mainly philosophical in character. Part II is devoted to physical applications and chiefly concerns the particular results deducible from the formulas assumed for the gravitation and electromagnetic fields. The final part consists of an exposition of the elementary theory of tensors. The author notes that the text's order proceeds naturally from general principles to particular applications, concluding with a general exposition of the mathematical theory, special examples of which have occurred in the discussion of the applications. Physicists, Whitehead suggests, may prefer to start with Part II, referring back to a few formulas mentioned at the end of Part I, and mathematicians may start with Part III. The whole evidence, he adds, requires a consideration of all three parts.

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