Vectors in Spacetime

Geometry and Kinematics
  • E. G. Peter Rowe
Part of the Springer Monographs in Mathematics book series (SMM)


The simplest, yet most striking, effects in special relativity are consequences of elementary four-dimensional geometry. Kinematics is geometry with a temporal dimension. Vectors in four-dimensional spacetime allow us to express the geometry in its simplest form. As part of the algebraic structure there is also a coordinate-independent scalar product which reproduces the spacetime interval.


Basis Vector Rest Frame Proper Time Inertial Frame Speed Versus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. G. Peter Rowe
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  1. 1.University of DurhamEngland

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