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THE SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY

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ISBN: 9788120346444    Publisher: PHI LEARNING PVT. LTD. Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 240        Language: English
The special theory of relativity, a monumental achievement of scientific creativity, appeared in 1905 as a culmination of deep and careful analysis of contradictions in old notions. The subject is now taught...Read more
The special theory of relativity, a monumental achievement of scientific creativity, appeared in 1905 as a culmination of deep and careful analysis of contradictions in old notions. The subject is now taught in almost all universities and colleges in the departments of physics and mathematics.

This text is designed to give students a solid foundation in experimental background of the theory, relativistic kinematics, relativistic dynamics, and relativistic electrodynamics. What distinguishes the text are some special features, not found in other similar texts, that give a more intuitive understanding of the subject. Another important feature of the text is its clarity and correctness with which the principles, their relations, and their applications are set forth.

This well-accepted book, now in its second edition, includes a brief account of the "properties of Cartesian tensors" and also adds "experimental verifications of the mass variation of a particle with velocity and the mass-energy equivalence relation" in Chapter 3. Besides, in Chapter 4, some calculations to show how the potentials obtained for a uniformly moving charge lead to Lorentz transformation have been added. It also includes some new problems in the exercise section of Chapters 2, 3 and 4 with their solutions given in the Appendix.

The book will also be useful for competitive examinations to PG and Ph.D. courses.

KEY FEATURES :

Discusses relativistic mechanics and electrodynamics of continuous media.

Presents the covariant four-dimensional formulation of relativistic mechanics and electrodynamics.

Explains the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations in mechanics and electrodynamics.

Describes the Terrell effect (visual appearance of moving objects) and the Thomas precession.

Includes a large number of solved problems.

Provides solutions to end-of-chapter exercises.
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About the author: Sriranjan Banerji
SRIRANJAN BANERJI, Ph.D., formerly Professor of Physics, The University of Burdwan and UGC Emeritus Fellow, Jadavpur University, is presently working... Read more
SRIRANJAN BANERJI, Ph.D., formerly Professor of Physics, The University of Burdwan and UGC Emeritus Fellow, Jadavpur University, is presently working in Relativity and Cosmology Research Centre, Department of Physics, Jadavpur University. He has more than 40 years of academic experience, especially in teaching the Theory of Relativity and Cosmology to M.Sc. students. Coauthor of General Relativity, Astrophysics and Cosmology (Springer Verlag, 1992), he has also published 88 research papers in prestigious international and national journals.|ASIT BANERJEE, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of Physics, Jadavpur University. With more than 38 years of teaching experience to his credit, he has coauthored General Relativity, Astrophysics and Cosmology (Springer Verlag, 1992) and published 102 research papers on General Relativity and Cosmology in reputed international and national journals.
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