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Special Relativity
The Foundation of Macroscopic Physics

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  • Date Published: December 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521272414

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  • The prediction of the special theory of relativity differ significantly from those of Newtonian physics only for bodies whose speeds are comparable with the speed of light. For this reason, special relativity is often considered as irrelevant to the macroscopic physics of ordinary material systems under terrestrial conditions. The aim of this book is to show that by uniting dynamics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism into a coherent whole, special relativity illuminated each of these subjects in a manner which cannot be obtained by studying them in isolation. The speed of the systems concerned is irrelevant. This deep and careful analysis of special relativity is suitable for second- and subsequent- year university students studying physics or applied mathematics. Its distinctive approach will also appeal to research workers in general relativity, in continuum thermodynamics and in the electrodynamics of continuous media.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521272414
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The physics of space and time
    2. Affine spaces in mathematics and physics
    3. Foundations of dynamics
    4. Relativistic simple fluids
    5. Electrodynamics of polarisable fluids
    Appendix: Vector and dyadic notation in three dimensions
    Publications referred to in the text
    Summary and index of symbols and conventions
    Subject index.

  • Author

    W. G. Dixon

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