Special Relativity

Will it Survive the Next 101 Years?

  • Jürgen Ehlers
  • Claus Lämmerzahl

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 702)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Historical and Philosophical Aspects

  3. Foundation and Formalism

  4. Violations of Lorentz Invariance?

  5. Experimental Search

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVI
    2. C. Lämmerzahl
      Pages 349-384
    3. S. Herrmann, A. Senger, E. Kovalchuk, H. Müller, A. Peters
      Pages 385-400
    4. M.E. Tobar, P.L. Stanwix, M. Susli, P. Wolf, C.R. Locke, E.N. Ivanov
      Pages 416-450
    5. P. Wolf, S. Bize, M.E. Tobar, F. Chapelet, A. Clairon, A.N. Luiten et al.
      Pages 451-478
    6. G. Saathoff, G. Huber, S. Karpuk, C. Novotny, S. Reinhardt, D. Schwalm et al.
      Pages 479-492
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 532-532

About this book


After a century of successes, physicists still feel the need to probe the limits of the validity of theories based on special relativity. Canonical approaches to quantum gravity, non-commutative geometry, string theory and unification scenarios predict tiny violations of Lorentz invariance at high energies.

The present book, based on a recent seminar devoted to such frontier problems, contains reviews of the foundations of special relativity and the implications of Poincaré invariance as well as comprehensive accounts of experimental results and proposed tests.

The book addresses, besides researchers in the field, everyone interested in the conceptual and empirical foundations of our knowledge about space, time and matter.


Albert Einstein Gravity Lorentz invariance Lorentz symmetry Lorentz violation Minkowski space Minkowski spacetime Special relativity Time dilation electrodynamics experiment quantum information relativity string theory theory of relativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Ehlers
    • 1
  • Claus Lämmerzahl
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert-Einstein-Institut MPl GravitationsphysikGolmGermany
  2. 2.ZARMUniversität Bremen Am FallturmBremenGermany

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