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A theory of time and space.

ROBB, Alfred A. (1873-1936).

Published by Cambridge University Press, 1914., Cambridge:, 1914
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8vo. vi, 373 pp. Navy cloth, gilt-stamped spine title. Exlib bookplate and ink stamps of Dominion Observatory, Ottawa. Fine. FIRST EDITION. Robb is known for his four works on special relativity (1911, 1914, 1921, 1926) in which he derived a space-time formalism of the theory in a axiomatic-geometric way. [Briginshaw]. Robb therefore was sometimes called the "Euclid of relativity". In the first of these works he used a hyperbolic angle to introduce the concept of rapidity which clarified the relativistic velocity-addition formula. [Walter]. He also showed that the kinematic space of velocities is hyperbolic, that is, that "instead of a Euclidean triangle of velocities, we get a Lobachevski triangle of rapidities". However, contrary to the scientific mainstream, he believed that the works of Joseph Larmor and Hendrik Lorentz were more important for relativity than the works of Albert Einstein and Hermann Minkowski. Briginshaw, The axiomatic geometry of Space-Time: An assessment of the work of A. A. Robb, Centaurus 22, pp. 315-323 (1979); Walter, Scott (1999). "The non-Euclidean style of Minkowskian relativity" in J. Gray, The Symbolic Universe: Geometry and Physics. Oxford: University Press. pp. 91â"127. Bookseller Inventory # S10322

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Title: A theory of time and space.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 1914., Cambridge:

Publication Date: 1914

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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