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Introduction to the Theory of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – June 1, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0486632827 ISBN-10: 0486632822 Edition: Copyright 1976

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  • Series: Dover Books on Physics
  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Copyright 1976 edition (June 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486632822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486632827
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Don't know of a superior first exposure to relativity. It starts with elementary situations and examines the conflicts with pre-relativistic kinematical viewpoints. This motivates the requirements for special relativities' postulates and their immediate consequences.
From here, the more complex issues of special relativity are dealt with in an orderly fashion; e.g. rigid body dynamics, relativistic hydrodynamics and electromagnetic theory from a relatavistic point of view.
General tensor analysis is covered in a separate chapter for pursuing the general relativity chapters of the book. Incidentally, this chapter is among the most clear expositions on tensors out there.
Finally, general relativity is covered in the same stepwise fashion as was done in the special relativity chapters. The natural introduction of more complex ideas which start from basics is perhaps, the single reason why this book is a hard to beat introduction to relativity.
After a thorough digestion of Bergmann, one is ready to spring up to the next level, the masterful Weinberg.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Zaballa on December 6, 1999
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This book describes the foundations of relativity in a clear and concise way. The development of tensor analysis is especially clear. It is great for anyone who has studied calculus, differential equations, and classical physics. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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Hey, it's endorsed by big Al, himself. The math intro pretty much does it all, but it would be good if you have a firm grasp of vector calculus, and linear algebra. And intro undergraduate physics wouldn't hurt, either.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Schindler on December 6, 2000
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Peter was able to give examples which made the complex easier to understand. The edges of the first sections in a copy in the Caltech library were black from use. I was privileged to be a guinea pig for the first edition.
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