Relativity Reexamined - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121349455, 9780323161084

Relativity Reexamined

1st Edition

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eBook ISBN: 9780323161084
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1970
Page Count: 126
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Relativity Reexamined examines relativity from a new angle and with an unconventional perspective. Topics covered range from quantum theory and relativity to gravitation and relativity quantized atomic clocks, as well as special relativity Doppler effect and spherical symmetry. A distinction is also made between mathematical coordinates and physical frames of reference. This book is comprised of eight chapters and begins by considering the development of scientific theories in general, citing examples to show how scientists' viewpoints have progressively changed. Some of the problems that have emerged, and which even Albert Einstein was unable to foresee, are highlighted. The first chapter reviews the historical sequence of events that led to quantum theory and relativity, while the second chapter focuses on some problems about restricted relativity, paying particular attention to the meaning of potential energy and the importance of field theory in relativistic theories. The following chapters analyze a variety of experimental evidences that challenge many basic assumptions in theoretical physics, focusing on the fundamental importance of the Mössbauer effect and of atomic clocks; the link between gravitation and relativity; classical problems of theoretical mechanics; and special relativity Doppler effect. A gravistatic problem with spherical symmetry is also described. This monograph will be of interest to physicists and students of physics.

Table of Contents




1. Quantum Theory and Relativity

1. Quantum Theory

2. Relativity


2. Some Problems about Restricted Relativity

1. Relativity and Potential Energy

2. The Meaning of Potential Energy in Relativistic Theories

3. The Importance of Fields in Einstein's Theories

4. Two Interacting Spheres

5. Where Could the Mass of Potential Energy Be Localized?

6. Many Interacting Charges at Small Distance and Small Velocities

7. Unequal Particles; Role Played by the Geometry of the Boundary

8. Generalizations; Quantum Problems

9. Problems arising at the Junction of Classical and Relativistic Mechanics


3. Gravitation and Relativity Quantized Atomic Clocks

1. How Does Gravitation Propagate?

2. Gravitation and General Relativity

3. Atomic Clocks that Einstein Could Not Foresee

4. Atomic Clocks Are Not Einstein's Clocks

5. Accuracy and Reliability of Quantized Atomic Clocks


4. A Badly Needed Distinction between Mathematical Sets of Coordinates and Physical Frames of Reference

1. Introduction: The Opinions of Bohr and Poincaré

2. Classical Geometry, Kinetics, Classical Dynamics

3. Frames of Reference in Classical Mechanics

4. Actions and Reactions in Relativity

5. Sets of Mathematical Coordinates or Physical Frames

6. Fock's Assumption

7. Schwarzschild's Problem

8. Quantum Theory versus Relativity


5. Special Relativity Doppler Effect

1. A Reappraisal of Fundamental Assumptions

2. Recoil Problem for Atoms

3. Doppler Effect

4. Discussion of the Actual Quantized Doppler Effect

5. A Correct Statement of the Principle of Relativity

6. How Does a Moving Clock Behave?

7. A New Approach to Special Relativity

8. The Lorentz Transformation

9. The Problem of Traveling Twins


6. Relativity and Gravitation

1. The Mystery of Gravitation

2. An Ideal Atomic or Mössbauer Clock and the Gravity Red Shift

3. Interpretations of the Gravity Red Shift

4. The Possibility of a "Gravi-Spectral" Effect


7. A Gravistatic Problem with Spherical Symmetry

1. A New Approach to an Old Problem

2. Gravistatics Compared to Electrostatics

3. Some Essential Formulas from Electrostatics

4. Complete Gravistatic Field with Surrounding Mass-Density Distributions

5. Discussion


8. Remarks and Suggestions

1. The Meaning of a Spectral Line

2. General Gravitation Theory and Experiments

3. Bridgman's Reappraisal of Relativity

4. Carstoiu's Suggestions for Gravity Waves

5. Wanted: A Graser!




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