Special Relativity

  • George A. Jennings
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)


The subject of this chapter is Einstein’s special relativity theory and what it says about the geometry of flat spacetime. This is not so difficult or abstruse as it sounds; it involves little beyond high school mathematics. A spacetime is simply the mathematical version of a universe that, like our own physical universe, has dimensions both of space and of time. A fiat spacetime is a spacetime with no gravity, since gravitation tends to “bend” a spacetime. Flat spacetimes are the simplest kind of spacetimes; they stand in the same relation to curved spacetimes as a flat Euclidean plane does to a curved surface.


Special Relativity Minkowski Space Lorentz Transformation Timelike Vector Inertial Coordinate System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • George A. Jennings
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsCalifornia State University Dominguez HillsCarsonUSA

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