Special Theory of Relativity

ISBN-10: 0415404258
ISBN-13: 9780415404259
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Bohm
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Description: In this classic text, David Bohm explores Albert Einstein's celebrated theory of relativity through inspiring and visionary lectures. First published in 1905, Einstein's ideas forever transformed the way we think about time and space. Yet for Bohm  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In this classic text, David Bohm explores Albert Einstein's celebrated theory of relativity through inspiring and visionary lectures. First published in 1905, Einstein's ideas forever transformed the way we think about time and space. Yet for Bohm the implications of the theory were far more revolutionary both in scope and impact even than this. Stepping back from dense theoretical and scientific detail in this eye-opening work, Bohm describes how the notion of relativity strikes at the heart of our very conception of the universe, whether we are physicists, philosophers or none of the above.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Pre-Einsteinian Notions of Relativity
The Problem of the Relativity of the Laws of Electrodynamics
The Michelson-Morley Experiment
Efforts to Save the Ether Hypothesis
The Lorentz Theory of the Electron
Further Development of the Lorentz Theory
The Problem of Measuring Simultaneity in the Lorentz Theory
The Lorentz Transformation
The Inherent Ambiguity in the Meanings of Space-Time Measurements, According to the Lorentz Theory
Analysis of Space and Time Concepts in Terms of Frames of Reference
"Common Sense" Concepts of Space and Time
Introduction to Einstein's Conceptions of Space and Time
The Lorentz Transformation in Einstein's Point of View
Addition of Velocities
The Principle of Relativity
Some Applications of Relativity
Momentum and Mass in Relativity
The Equivalence of Mass and Energy
The Relativistic Transformation Law for Energy and Momentum
Charged Particles in an Electromagnetic Field
Experimental Evidence for Special Relativity
More About the Equivalence of Mass and Energy
Towards a New Theory of Elementary Particles
The Falsification of Theories
The Minkowski Diagram and the K Calculus
The Geometry of Events and the Space-Time Continuum
The Questions of Causality and the Maximum Speed of Propagation of Signals in Relativity Theory
Proper Time
The "Paradox" of the Twins
The Significance of the Minkowski Diagram as a Reconstruction of the Past
Appendix
Physics and Perception

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