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A Student's Guide to Special Relativity


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Preface. Table of Aims. 1. Introduction; 2. The axioms; 3. Length contraction and time dilation; 4. Spacetime and geometry; 5. The Lorentz transformation; 6. Vectors and kinematics; 7. Dynamics; A. An overview of general relativity; B. Relativity's contact with experimental fact; C. Maths revision; D. How to do calculations - a recipe. Bibliography. Index.

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A compact yet informative exploration of Special Relativity and its core ideas, also providing a preparatory route into General Relativity.

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Norman Gray is in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, where he has, over the last 20 years, taught courses covering both special and general relativity. Since his PhD in particle theory, he has had a varied research career, most recently concentrating on the interface between astronomy and computing. He is author of A Student's Guide to General Relativity (2019), which has been a successful addition to Cambridge University Press's growing series of Student's Guides.

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