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Special Relativity

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These lectures were given to third-year mathematics undergraduates at Oxford in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The notes were produced originally in mimeographed form by the Mathematical Institute at Oxford in 1977, and in a revised edition in 1980. I have made further minor changes and corrections in this edition, and added some examples and exercises from problem sheets given out in lectures by Roger Penrose and Paul Tod. Special relativity provides one of the more interesting pedagogical challenges. This particular course was given to students with a strong mathematical background who already had a good grounding in classical mathematical physics, but who had not yet met relativity. The emphasis is on the use ofcoordinate-free and tensorial methods: I tried to avoid the traditional arguments based on the standard Lorentz transformation, and to encourage students to look at problems from a four-dimensional point of view. I did not attempt to 'derive' relativity from a minimal set of axioms, but instead concentrated on stating clearly the basic principles and assumptions. Elsewhere in the world, relativity is usually introduced in a more elementary way earlier in undergraduate courses, and even at Oxford, it is now part of the second-year syllabus in mathematics. I doubt, therefore, that anyone would contemplate giving a lecture course exactly along these lines. Nevertheless, I hope that the notes may provide one or two ideas. I have not attempted to produce a polished textbook.


This course on special relativity emphasizes the coordinate-free and tensorial approach to Einstein's theory. The author encourages the reader tolook at problems from a four-dimensional point of view, so preparing them for further study in relativistic physics, gravitation and cosmology. The book will be especially appealing to students with a mathematical bent and those who like brevity and clarity of reasoning.


Space, Time and Maxwell's Equations.- Inertial Coordinates.- Vectors in Space-Time.- Relativistic Particles.- Tensors in Space-Time.- Electrodynamics.- Energy-Momentum Tensors.- Symmetries and Conservation Laws.


Titel: Special Relativity
EAN: 9783662139189
ISBN: 978-3-662-13918-9
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Genre: Theoretische Physik
Anzahl Seiten: 100
Gewicht: 192g
Größe: H246mm x B169mm x T12mm
Jahr: 2013
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1992