Why Math? pp 143-155 | Cite as

Special Relativity

  • R. D. Driver
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


The theory of relativity, due primarily to H. A. Lorentz in the 1890s and Albert Einstein in the early 1900s, revolutionized scientific thinking. This chapter gives a brief introduction to the ideas of “special relativity”—the subject of a 1905 paper by Einstein. The special theory of relativity considers the viewpoints of different observers moving with constant velocities, as in the previous chapter. But the key postulate and the conclusions will now be quite different and, for most people, surprising.


Reference Frame Constant Velocity Special Relativity Light Signal Stationary Observer 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Driver
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

Personalised recommendations