The Geometry of Special Relativity
by Tevian Dray
Publisher: Oregon State University 2012
Number of pages: 146
This manuscript is intended either as a supplement to a traditional physics course which includes special relativity, or as a textbook for a mathematics topics course in geometry or relativity. The manuscript emphasizes the fact that special relativity is just hyperbolic trigonometry, and includes material on hyperbolic triangle trig, a fascinating and easily accessible mathematics topic in its own right, even without its usefulness in solving problems in relativity.
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