This course on special relativity emphasizes the coordinate-free and tensorial approach to Einstein's theory. The author encourages the reader tolook at problems from a four-dimensional point of view, so preparing them for further study in relativistic physics, gravitation and cosmology. The book will be especially appealing to students with a mathematical bent and those who like brevity and clarity of reasoning.
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N.M.J. Woodhouse's comparatively short Special Relativity is a pleasure to read and therefore qualifies right off as a good source to use for learning about special relativity on your own. A lot of very nice material is touched on in its pages, presented in natural sequence consonant with history, and is not improperly belabored. It's also rather informal in style. One gets the sense of breezing along pretty fast while, in actuality, a lot of material is being dealt with... the selection of topics in the book is very nice indeed , and is historically sound and will therefore reward the reader with an element of culture to boot: he'll learn some history of modern physics... I wish this book had been around when I was a student.
...an exciting and challenging book with which to introduce a modern mathematics student in a single course to the great ideas of Maxwell's theory and special relativity.
The Australian Mathematical Society Gazette
"There are many books on special relativity for undergraduates, and this one is notable in that it is specifically addressed to mathematicians. ... this book will be found illuminating by students of mathematics ... ." (Dr. P. E. Hodgson, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 45 (5), 2004)
"This book is ... aimed squarely at the undergraduate mathematician ... . The tone, pace and level of the book are nicely judged for middle level undergraduates studying mathematics. ... There are lots of examples and nicely graded exercises throughout the text, and each chapter ends with a usefully annotated bibliography. The author’s friendly style, and the fact the material has been developed from taught courses make the book ideal for self-study ... ." (Peter Macgregor, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 88 (512), 2004)
"Meant as a resource for advanced undergraduate students, this book approaches special relativity theory from a mathematical perspective ... . It is best used for mathematics majors ... . the text is clear, well written, and has an adequate bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates." (A. Spero, CHOICE, December, 2003)
"This presentation is very elegant ... . The book contains a large number of examples. Each chapter is followed by exercises, ranging from the rather simple to the more involved. This book is certainly a good introduction to special relativity, understandable for second-year students. But it is also interesting for readers searching for a concise and precise presentation of special relativity within the tensor formalism." (Claude Semay, Physcalia, Vol. 25 (4), 2003)
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Book Description Springer-Verlag, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0387550496