Henri Poincare and Relativity Theory
by A. A. Logunov
Publisher: arXiv 2005
Number of pages: 254
The book presents ideas by H. Poincare and H. Minkowski according to those the essence and the main content of the relativity theory are the following: the space and time form a unique four-dimensional continuum supplied by the pseudo-Euclidean geometry. All physical processes take place just in this four-dimensional space.
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by Len Zane - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The space and time introduced by Albert Einstein is explained by examining a series of simple thought or 'gedanken' experiments. The development makes extensive use of spacetime diagrams to help readers appreciate the full extent of these changes.
This text presents special relativity from first principles and logically arrives at the conclusions using simple diagrams and some thought experiments. It is possible to understand the first part of the book using only high school algebra.
by Z. K. Silagadze - arXiv
The author argues in favor of logical instead of historical trend in teaching of relativity and that special relativity is neither paradoxical nor correct, but the most natural description of the real space-time valid for all practical purposes.
by Tevian Dray - Oregon State University
This text is intended either as a supplement to a traditional physics course which includes special relativity, or as a textbook for a course in geometry or relativity. It emphasizes the fact that special relativity is just hyperbolic trigonometry.