Relativity Without Tears
by Z. K. Silagadze
Publisher: arXiv 2007
Number of pages: 78
The author argues in favor of logical instead of historical trend in teaching of relativity and that special relativity is neither paradoxical nor correct (in the absolute sense of the nineteenth century) but the most natural and expected description of the real space-time around us valid for all practical purposes.
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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 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.
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.
by Robert Katz - D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc.
It is the purpose of this book to provide an introduction to the Special Theory of Relativity which is accessible to any student who has had an introduction to general physics and some slight acquaintance with the calculus.