Richard Chace Tolman | Category: Physics

Binding Type: Paperback Binding

Book Details

ISBN: 9789386677167

YOP: 2018

Pages: 275

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This book presents an introduction to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, which has become a necessary part of the theoretical equipment of every physicist. Even if we regard the Einstein theory of relativity merely as a convenient tool for the prediction of electromagnetic and optical phenomena, its importance to the physicist is very great, not only because its introduction greatly simplifies the deduction of many theorems which were already familiar in the older theories based on a stationary either, but also because it leads simply and directly to correct conclusions in the case of such experiments as those of Michelson and Morley, Trouton and Noble, and Kaufman and Bucherer, which can be made to agree with the idea of a stationary either only by the introduction of complicated and ad hoc

assumptions.

Chapter I- Historical Development of Ideas as to the Nature of Space and Time

Part I- The Space and Time of Galileo and Newton

Part II- The Space and Time of the Ether Theory

Part III- Rise of the Einstein Theory of Relativity

Chapter II- The Two Postulates of the Einstein Theory of Relativity

Chapter III- Some Elementary Deductions

Chapter IV- The Einstein Transformation Equations for Space and Time

Chapter V- Kinematical Applications

Chapter VI- The Dynamics of a Particle

Chapter VII- The Dynamics of a System of Particles

Chapter VIII- The Chaotic Motion of a System of Particles

Chapter IX- The Principle of Relativity and the Principle of Least Action

Chapter X- The Dynamics of Elastic Bodies

Part I- Stress and Strain

Part II- Introduction of the Principle of Least Action

Part III- Some Mathematical Relations

Part IV- Applications of the Results

Chapter XI- The Dynamics of a Thermodynamic System

Chapter XII- Electromagnetic Theory

Chapter XIII- Four-Dimensional Analysis

Part I- Vector Analysis of the Non-Euclidean Four-Dimensional Manifold

Part II- Applications of the Four-Dimensional Analysis

This book presents an introduction to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, which has become a necessary part of the theoretical equipment of every physicist. Even if we regard the Einstein theory of relativity merely as a convenient tool for the prediction of electromagnetic and optical phenomena, its importance to the physicist is very great, not only because its introduction greatly simplifies the deduction of many theorems which were already familiar in the older theories based on a stationary either, but also because it leads simply and directly to correct conclusions in the case of such experiments as those of Michelson and Morley, Trouton and Noble, and Kaufman and Bucherer, which can be made to agree with the idea of a stationary either only by the introduction of complicated and ad hoc

assumptions.

Chapter I- Historical Development of Ideas as to the Nature of Space and Time

Part I- The Space and Time of Galileo and Newton

Part II- The Space and Time of the Ether Theory

Part III- Rise of the Einstein Theory of Relativity

Chapter II- The Two Postulates of the Einstein Theory of Relativity

Chapter III- Some Elementary Deductions

Chapter IV- The Einstein Transformation Equations for Space and Time

Chapter V- Kinematical Applications

Chapter VI- The Dynamics of a Particle

Chapter VII- The Dynamics of a System of Particles

Chapter VIII- The Chaotic Motion of a System of Particles

Chapter IX- The Principle of Relativity and the Principle of Least Action

Chapter X- The Dynamics of Elastic Bodies

Part I- Stress and Strain

Part II- Introduction of the Principle of Least Action

Part III- Some Mathematical Relations

Part IV- Applications of the Results

Chapter XI- The Dynamics of a Thermodynamic System

Chapter XII- Electromagnetic Theory

Chapter XIII- Four-Dimensional Analysis

Part I- Vector Analysis of the Non-Euclidean Four-Dimensional Manifold

Part II- Applications of the Four-Dimensional Analysis