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The Special Theory of Relativity

Einstein’s World in New Axiomatics

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 1-22
  3. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 23-35
  4. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 37-42
  5. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 43-78
  6. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 79-80
  7. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 81-95
  8. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 97-105
  9. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 107-148
  10. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 149-233
  11. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 235-298
  12. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 299-312
  13. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 313-328
  14. Helmut Günther, Volker Müller
    Pages 329-388
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 389-542

About this book

Introduction

This book discusses in detail the special theory of relativity without including all the instruments of theoretical physics, enabling readers who are not budding theoretical physicists to develop competence in the field. An arbitrary but fixed inertial system is chosen, where the known velocity of light is measured. With respect to this system a moving clock loses time and a moving length contracts. The book then presents a definition of simultaneity for the other inertial frames without using the velocity of light. To do so it employs the known reciprocity principle, which in this context serves to provide a definition of simultaneity in the other inertial frames. As a consequence, the Lorentz transformation is deduced and the universal constancy of light is established. With the help of a lattice model of the special theory of relativity the book provides a deeper understanding of the relativistic effects. Further, it discusses the key STR experiments and formulates and solves 48 problems in detail.

Keywords

Classical Spacetime Coordinate Transformations Principle of Relativity Galilean Transformation Michelson Experiment Time Dilatation Lorentz Transformation Relativistic Mechanics Energy-Mass Equivalence Fresnel's Drag Coefficient Measuring-Rod Paradox Minkowski-Space

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Leibniz-Institut fuer AstrophysikUniversity PotsdamPotsdamGermany

About the authors

Helmut Günther was professor at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences for Mathematics and Physics until 2005 and currently teaches relativity theory at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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