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Elements and Formulae of Special Relativity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780082035053, 9781483160016

Elements and Formulae of Special Relativity

1st Edition

The Commonwealth and International Library: Physics Division

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Author: E. A. Guggenheim
Editor: L. L. Green
eBook ISBN: 9781483160016
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 74
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Elements and Formulae of Special Relativity presents elements and formulas of the theory of special relativity and covers topics ranging from kinematics and propagation of light to mechanics of single bodies, hydrodynamics, and thermodynamics. Vector operators, electromagnetic fields, electrodynamics, and statistical mechanics are also explored. This book is comprised of 13 chapters and begins by introducing the reader to the kinematics of special relativity, paying particular attention to formulas required for transformations between two frames of reference. Attention then turns to the propagation of light, the Doppler effect, the mechanics of single bodies, and the more general and more powerful approach to relativistic mechanics due to Lagrange and to Hamilton. The chapters that follow focus on formulas for a fluid maintained at a constant uniform pressure; relativistic formulas for thermodynamics; and representation of M-vectors with real components by cartesian 4-vectors with imaginary components. This book also considers the equations for an electromagnetic field in a vacuum and a gaseous phase composed of one or several perfect monatomic gases. A brief historical synopsis is given in the last chapter. This monograph will be useful to chemical physicists and other not-too-theoretical physicists.

Table of Contents


Principal Symbols

1 Kinematics

2 Propagation of Light

3 Mechanics of Single Bodies

4 General Mechanics

5 Hydrodynamics

6 Thermodynamics

7 4-Vectors

8 Vector Operators

9 Electromagnetic Field

10 Electrodynamics

11 Statistical Mechanics

12 Summary of Assumptions

13 Historical Synopsis


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About the Author

E. A. Guggenheim

About the Editor

L. L. Green

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