Publisher: Wikibooks 2008
Number of pages: 91
This book presents special relativity from first principles and logically arrives at the conclusions. There are simple diagrams and some thought experiments. Although the final form of the theory came to use Minkowski spaces and metric tensors, it is possible to discuss SR using nothing more than high school algebra. That is the method used here in the first half of the book. That being said, the subject is open to a wide range of readers. For a more mathematically sophisticated treatment of the subject, please refer to the Advanced Text in the second part of the book.
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by Timon Idema - TU Delft Open
The reader is taken on a tour through time and space. Starting from the basic axioms formulated by Newton and Einstein, the theory of motion at both the everyday and the highly relativistic level is developed without the need of prior knowledge.
by Richard Chace Tolman - University of California Press
Classic introduction to Einstein's theory, written by a prominent physicist, provides the two main postulates upon which the theory rests and their experimental evidence. The relation between relativity and the principle of least action is discussed.
by Robert Katz - D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc.
It is the purpose of this book to provide an introduction to the Special Theory of Relativity which is accessible to any student who has had an introduction to general physics and some slight acquaintance with the calculus.
by David Tong - University of Cambridge
This is an introductory course on Newtonian mechanics and special relativity given to first year undergraduates. Topics: Forces; Dimensional Analysis; Systems of Particles; Central Forces; Rigid Bodies; Non-Inertial Frames; Special Relativity.