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Special Relativity From Einstein to Strings

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ISBN-10: 0521812607

ISBN-13: 9780521812603

Edition: 2004

Authors: Patricia M. Schwarz, John H. Schwarz

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This thorough introduction to Einstein's special theory of relativity is suitable for anyone with a minimum of one year of undergraduate physics with calculus. The authors cover every aspect of special relativity, including the impact of special relativity in quantum theory, with an introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. They also discuss the group theory of the Lorentz group, supersymmetry, and such cutting-edge topics as general relativity, the standard model of elementary particles and its extensions, and superstring theory, giving a survey of important unsolved problems. The book is accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM illustrating classic problems in…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 388
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Patricia M. Schwarz received her BA from San Francisco State University and her PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology. Her research specialty is spacetime geometry in general relativity and string theory. She is an expert in multimedia and online education technology. Her award-winning multimedia-rich web site at is popular with the public and is widely used as an educationalresource, hosting online physics courses with teachers and students from around the world.

Katrin Becker is a Professor of Physics at Texas A & M University. She has been awarded the Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University in 2006 and received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in 2003.Melanie Becker is a Professor of Physics at Texas A & M University. In 2006 she has been awarded an Edward, Frances and Shirley B. Daniels Fellowship from the Radcliffe Fellowship for Advanced studies at Harvard University. In 2001 she received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship.John Schwarz is Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He is a MacArthur Fellow and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

From Pythagoras to spacetime geometry
Light surprises everyone
Elements of spacetime geometry
Mechanics in spacetime
Spacetime physics of fields
Causality and relativity
Advanced Topics
When quantum mechanics and relativity collide
Group theory and relativity
Supersymmetry and superspace
Looking onward
Where do equations of motion come from?
Basic group theory
Lie groups and Lie algebras
The structure of super Lie algebras