Special Relativity

  • Valerio Faraoni

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 243-304

About this book


This book offers an essential bridge between college-level introductions and advanced graduate-level books on special relativity. It begins at an elementary level, presenting and discussing the basic concepts normally covered in college-level works, including the Lorentz transformation. Subsequent chapters introduce the four-dimensional worldview implied by the Lorentz transformations, mixing time and space coordinates, before continuing on to the formalism of tensors, a topic usually avoided in lower-level courses. The book’s second half addresses a number of essential points, including the concept of causality; the equivalence between mass and energy, including applications; relativistic optics; and measurements and matter in Minkowski spacetime. The closing chapters focus on the energy-momentum tensor of a continuous distribution of mass-energy and its covariant conservation; angular momentum; a discussion of the scalar field of perfect fluids and the Maxwell field; and general coordinates.
Every chapter is supplemented by a section with numerous exercises, allowing readers to practice the theory. These exercises constitute an essential part of the textbook, and the solutions to approximately half of them are provided in the appendix.


Covariant Tensors Doppler Effect Global Positioning System Levi-Civita Symbol Lorentz Transformation Minkowski Spacetime Perfect Fluids Positron Emission Tomography Relativistic Optics Spacetime Diagrams Undergraduate Textbook Special Relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Valerio Faraoni
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentBishop's UniversitySherbrookeCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01106-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01107-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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