The Special Theory of Relativity

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 772)

In this chapter we shall give a short introduction to the fundamental principles of the special theory of relativity and deduce some of the consequences of the theory.

The special theory of relativity was presented by Albert Einstein in 1905. It was founded on two postulates.


Reference Frame Light Pulse Rest Frame Inertial Frame Lorentz Transformation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oslo University College Faculty of EngineeringCpy Olavs PlassNorway

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