The Special Theory of Relativity

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Psychology Press, 1996 - 236 pagina's
Based on his famous final year undergraduate lectures on theoretical physics at Birkbeck College, Bohm presents the theory of relativity as a unified whole, making clear the reasons which led to its adoption and explaining its basic meaning. With clarity and grace, he also reveals the limited truth of some of the "common sense" assumptions which make it difficult for us to appreciate its full implications.
With a new foreword by Basil Hiley, a close colleague of David Bohm's, The Special Theory of Relativity is an indispensable addition to the work of one of greatest physicists and thinkers of the twentieth century.
 

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Introduction
1
The Problem of the Relativity of the Laws
10
The Lorentz Theory of the Electron
23
The Problem of Measuring Simultaneity in
31
Time Measurements According to
40
CommonSense Concepts of Space
48
The Lorentz Transformation in Einsteins
61
Addition of Velocities
66
Experimental Evidence for Special Relativity
106
More About the Equivalence of Mass and Energy
110
Toward a New Theory of Elementary Panicles
119
The Falsification of Theories
123
The Minkowski Diagram and the K Calculus
131
The Geometry of Events and the SpaceTime Continuum
146
The Question of Causality and the Maximum Speed of Propagation of Signals in Relativity Theory
155
Proper Time
161

The Principle of Relativity
70
Some Applications of Relativity
75
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81
The Equivalence of Mass and Energy
91
The Relativistic Transformation Law for Energy and Momentum
96
Charged Panicles in an Electromagnetic Field
100
The Paradox of the Twins
165
The Significance of the Minkowski Diagram as a Reconstruction of the Past
173
Physics and Perception
185
Index
231
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