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Special Relativity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128104118, 9780128104248

Special Relativity

1st Edition

A Heuristic Approach

Author: Sadri Hassani
Paperback ISBN: 9780128104118
eBook ISBN: 9780128104248
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 5th May 2017
Page Count: 380
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Special Relativity: A Heuristic Approach provides a qualitative exposition of relativity theory on the basis of the constancy of the speed of light. Using Einstein's signal velocity as the defining idea for the notion of simultaneity and the fact that the speed of light is independent of the motion of its source, chapters delve into a qualitative exposition of the relativity of time and length, discuss the time dilation formula using the standard light clock, explore the Minkowski four-dimensional space-time distance based on how the time dilation formula is derived, and define the components of the two-dimensional space-time velocity, amongst other topics.

Key Features

  • Provides a heuristic derivation of the Minkowski distance formula
  • Uses relativistic photography to see Lorentz transformation and vector algebra manipulation in action
  • Includes worked examples to elucidate and complement the topic being discussed
  • Written in a very accessible style


Students and researchers in academia in physics and cosmology

Table of Contents

1. Qualitative Relativity
2. Relativity of Time and Space
3. Lorentz Transformation
4. Spacetime Geometry
5. Spacetime Momentum
6. Relativity in Four Dimensions
7. Relativistic Photography
8. Relativistic Interactions
9. Interstellar Travel
10. A Painless Introduction to Tensors
11. Relativistic Electrodynamics
12. Early Universe

A. Maxwell's Equations
B. Derivation of 4D Lorentz Transformation
C. Relativistic Photography Formulas


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About the Author

Sadri Hassani

Dr. Sadri Hassani is an Adjunct Professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, and a Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA. With over 30 years’ experience in teaching various physics courses, he is the author of several books at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA; Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA


"The content of the book is unique, including topics such as interstellar travel, relativistic photography, spacetime triangle inequality, the proof of the fact that acceleration reduces aging, and connection between STR, spin, and antimatter. ...This is an impressive, unique book that should be beneficial for students, lecturers and explorers who are interested in STR." --Zentralblatt MATH

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