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The Special Theory of Relativity

Foundations, Theory, Verification, Applications


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 1-45
  3. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 47-59
  4. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 61-95
  5. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 97-138
  6. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 139-162
  7. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 163-211
  8. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 213-242
  9. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 243-272
  10. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 273-295
  11. Costas Christodoulides
    Pages 297-320
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 321-480

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive, university-level introduction to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. In addition to the purely theoretical aspect, emphasis is also given to its historical development as well as to the experiments that preceded the theory and those performed in order to test its validity.
The main body of the book consists of chapters on Relativistic Kinematics and Dynamics and their applications, Optics and Electromagnetism. These could be covered in a one-semester course. A more advanced course might include the subjects examined in the other chapters of the book and its appendices.
As a textbook, it has some unique characteristics: It provides detailed proofs of the theorems, offers abundant figures and discusses numerous examples. It also includes a number of problems for readers to solve, the complete solutions of which are given at the end of the book.
It is primarily intended for use by university students of physics, mathematics and engineering. However, as the mathematics needed is of an upper-intermediate level, the book will also appeal to a more general readership.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied Math and Phys SciencesNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

About the authors

Costas Christodoulides
Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics
School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Special Theory of Relativity
  • Book Subtitle Foundations, Theory, Verification, Applications
  • Authors Costas Christodoulides
  • Series Title Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Undergraduate Lect. Notes Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-25272-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-25274-2
  • Series ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4805
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 480
  • Number of Illustrations 130 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original Greek edition published by Tziolas Publications, 2014
  • Topics Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory
    Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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