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Author Read, James, 1991- author.

Title Special relativity / James Read
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2023


Description 1 online resource (102 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge elements. Elements in the philosophy of physics, 2632-413X
Cambridge elements. Elements in the philosophy of physics.
Contents Newton's laws -- Symmetries and invariance -- The Michelson-Morley experiment -- Einstein's 1905 derivation -- Spacetime structure -- General covariance -- Dynamical and geometrical approaches -- The conventionality of simultaneity -- Frame-dependent effects -- The twin paradox
Summary This Element presents the philosophy of special relativity, from the foundations of the theory in Newtonian mechanics, through its birth out of the ashes of nineteenth-century ether theory, through the various conceptual paradoxes which the theory presents, and finally arriving at some of its connections with Einstein's later theory of general relativity. It illustrates concepts such as inertial frames, force-free motion, dynamical versus geometrical understandings of physics, the standard hierarchy of classical spacetimes, and symmetries of a physical theory; it also discusses specific topics in the foundations of special relativity such as Einstein's 1905 derivation of the Lorentz transformations, the conventionality of simultaneity, the status of frame-dependent effects, and the twin paradox.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes James Read, University of Oxford
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Subject Special relativity (Physics) -- Philosophy
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781009300599