Special Relativity, Electrodynamics, and General Relativity: From Newton to Einstein (2nd edition)

Special Relativity, Electrodynamics, and General Relativity: From Newton to Einstein (2nd edition)

By: John B. Kogut (author)Paperback

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Special Relativity, Electrodynamics, and General Relativity: From Newton to Einstein is intended to teach students of physics, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology how to think about special and general relativity in a fundamental but accessible way. Designed to render any reader a "master of relativity," all material on the subject is comprehensible and derivable from first principles. The book emphasizes problem solving, contains abundant problem sets, and is conveniently organized to meet the needs of both student and instructor.

About Author

John Benjamin Kogut, PhD, is an American theoretical physicist, specializing in high energy physics. He has contributed to the quark-parton model, light-cone quantization, quark confinement, lattice gauge theory, Quantum Chromodynamics (the field theory of quarks and gluons) in extreme environments (high temperatures and densities), and supercomputer simulations as a tool for theoretical physics. For 27 years Dr. Kogut was on the physics faculty of the Loomis Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, retiring in 2005 as professor emeritus.


1. Physics According to Newton - A World with No Speed Limit 2. Space-Time Measurements According to Einstein 3. Visualizing Relativity-Minkowski Diagrams and the Twins 4. Lorentz Transformations (boosts), Addition of Velocities, and Invariant Intervals 5. Illustrations and Problems in Space-Time Measurements 6. Relativistic Dynamics. First Steps. 7. Acceleration and Forces in Relativity. The Birth of Dynamical Fields. 8. Boosting the Electrostatic Force, Electromagnetic Fields and More on Four Vectors 9. Maxwell's Equations of Electrodynamics and the Wave Equation 10. Magnetism in the Lab, the Discovery of Relativity and the Way Forward 11. Introduction to General Relativity 12. Curvature, Strong Gravity and Gravitational Waves Appendix A. Physical Constants, Data, and Conversion Factors B. Solutions to Selected Problems C. Mathematics Background D. Theorems and Concepts of Vector Calculus E. Summary of Formulas F. The Wave Equation with Sources. The Four Vector Potential and the Lorenz Gauge G. Equation of Motion in Curved Space and Christoffel Symbols, Two Dimensional Surfaces and the Geodesic Deviation and Gravity Waves

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780128137208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 454
  • ID: 9780128137208
  • weight: 730
  • ISBN10: 0128137207
  • edition: 2nd edition

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