Publisher: Wikibooks 2008
Number of pages: 91
This book presents special relativity from first principles and logically arrives at the conclusions. There are simple diagrams and some thought experiments. Although the final form of the theory came to use Minkowski spaces and metric tensors, it is possible to discuss SR using nothing more than high school algebra. That is the method used here in the first half of the book. That being said, the subject is open to a wide range of readers. For a more mathematically sophisticated treatment of the subject, please refer to the Advanced Text in the second part of the book.
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by Richard Chace Tolman - University of California Press
Classic introduction to Einstein's theory, written by a prominent physicist, provides the two main postulates upon which the theory rests and their experimental evidence. The relation between relativity and the principle of least action is discussed.
by C. E. Harle, R. Bianconi
This is a book on the foundations of Special Relativity from a synthetic viewpoint. The book has a strong visual appeal, modeling with affine geometry. As a subproduct we develop several programs to visualize relativistic motions.
by David W. Hogg - Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics
These notes introduce undergraduates to special relativity from its founding principle to its varied consequences. The text can also serve as a reference for those of us who need to use special relativity regularly but have no long-term memory.
by J D Cresser - Macquarie University
Contents: Frames of Reference; The Galilean Transformation; Newtonian Force and Momentum; Maxwell's Equations and the Ether; Einstein's Postulates; Clock Synchronization in an Inertial Frame; Lorentz Transformation; Relativistic Dynamics; etc.