by David W. Hogg
Publisher: Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics 1997
Number of pages: 53
These notes have three aims: (a) to introduce undergraduates to special relativity from its founding principle to its varied consequences, (b) to serve as a reference for those of us who need to use special relativity regularly but have no long-term memory, and (c) to provide an illustration of the methods of theoretical physics for which the elegance and simplicity of special relativity are ideally suited.
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