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Oxford University Press
16 October 2012
This book unfolds the subject of Relativity for undergraduate students of physics. It is intended to allow an undergraduate physics course to extend somewhat further and wider in this area than has traditionally been the case, while ensuring that the mainstream of students can handle the material. Introducing Lorentz invariants and four-vectors early on, but postponing tensor notation till it is needed, the aim is to make manageable what would otherwise be regarded as hard; to make derivations as simple as possible and physical ideas as transparent as possible.
By:   Andrew M. Steane (University Lecturer and Fellow of Exeter College University of Oxford)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 190mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   948g
ISBN:   9780199662869
ISBN 10:   019966286X
Publication Date:   16 October 2012
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
PART I: THE RELATIVISTIC WORLD; 1. Basic ideas; 2. The Lorentz transformation; 3. Moving light sources; 4. Dynamics; 5. The conservation of energy-momentum; 6. Further kinematics; 7. Relativity and electromagnetism; 8. Electromagnetic radiation; PART II: AN INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL RELATIVITY; 9. The Principle of Equivalence; 10. Warped spacetime; 11. Physics from the metric; PART III: FURTHER SPECIAL RELATIVITY; 12. Tensors and index notation; 13. Rediscovering electromagnetism; 14. Lagrangian mechanics; 15. Angular momentum; 16. Energy density; 17. What is spacetime?

Reviews for Relativity Made Relatively Easy

Albert Einstein once emphasized, one should make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. Andrew Steane follows the master's recommendation and presents a relatively easy tour through the wonderful worlds of special and general relativity. He guides the reader patiently and pedagogically through the fundamental concepts as well as their main applications. This book is of great value for both students and lecturers. Claus Kiefer, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne Steane's book provides a physically oriented introduction to Special Relativity and its consequences, which does not compromise rigour in its exposition. I do not know of any other textbook on the topic covering such a breadth of topics at a detailed, but at the same time accessible and insightful level. In particular, the discussion of electromagnetism in the context of Special Relativity -where Relativity really comes into life- is excellent. The book contains an interesting and original selection of exercises which will help the dedicated reader to gain mastery in the details of the theory. Juan A. Valiente Kroon, School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London Offering a uniquely broad and thorough coverage of one of the standard tools of modern physics, Andrew Steane's Relativity Made Relatively Easy is an approachable and comprehensive coverage of Einstein's most famous contribution to science. It is sure to become a favorite resource for students and researchers alike. Warren Anderson, Center for Gravitation and Cosmology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee The book has truly the potential to become a pivotal part of scholarship in physics. This lucid and thoughtful approach to taking the reader pedagogically through how Einsteinian relativity works, and how it supersedes the Newtonian construction with respect to explaining the basic principles of physical law, is comprehensive, thorough, innovative, challenging, and in many cases original. Steane's approach fills a gap in what in many university undergraduate courses has become a topic considered rather too briefly and in a rather too stereotyped manner, and which thereby has always denied physics graduates of the deeper insight into how Lorentz invariance is at the root of almost everything. John Dainton, Sir James Chadwick Professor of Physics, University of Liverpool


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