Introduction to Relativity is intended to teach physics and astronomy majors at the freshman, sophomore or upper-division levels how to think about special and general relativity in a fundamental, but accessible, way. Designed to render any reader a "master of relativity", everything on the subject is comprehensible and derivable from first principles. The book emphasizes problem solving, contains abundant problem sets, and is conveniently organized to meet the needs of both student and instructor.

Key Features

* Simplicity: the book teaches space and time in relativity in a physical fashion with minimal mathematics * Conciseness: the book teaches relativity by emphasizing the basic simplicity of the principles at work * Visualization: space-time diagrams (Minkowski) illustrate phenomena from simultaneity to the resolution of the twin paradox in a concrete fashion * Worked problems: two chapters of challenging problems solved in several ways illustrate and teach the principles * Problem sets: each chapter is accompanied by a full set of problems for the student that teach the principles and some new phenonmena


Anyone interested in understanding both the basic theory and the principles behind relativity.

Table of Contents

Physics According to Newton - A World with No Speed Limit.
Physics According to Einstein.
Visualizing Relativity - Minkowski Diagrams.
Assorted Applications.
Illustrations and Problems in Space-Time Measurements.
Relativistic Dynamics.
A Gentle Introduction to General Relativity.
Illustrations, Problems, and Discussions in General Relativity.


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