From aether theory to Special Relativity
by Rafael Ferraro
Publisher: arXiv 2013
Number of pages: 24
At the end of the 19th century light was regarded as an electromagnetic wave propagating in a material medium called ether. The speed c appearing in Maxwell's wave equations was the speed of light with respect to the ether...
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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.
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
These test problems were used by the author as weekly control works for the first year physics students at Novosibirsk State University in 2005. Solutions of the problems are also given. Written in Russian and English language.
by A. A. Logunov - arXiv
The book presents ideas by Poincare and Minkowski according to which 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.