- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 2nd edition (March 15, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716723271
- ISBN-13: 978-0716723271
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In its course, Taylor and Wheeler present over a dozen "paradoxes" relating to Special Relativity. Several of these appear in the main text, while the remainder appear as problems. I believe my intuition is lacking because I was unable to get the right answer for the paradox problems without working through the math first - although this intuition may come only with further experience. I would have been happy if the authors had included a few more paradox problems with solutions from an "intuition" perspective (as well as a mathematical solutions) to help gain this intuition.
The mathematics throughout the book is nothing harder than algebra and the occasional trigonometry, so it should well be accessible to anyone with a high-school calculus understanding of math. One mathematical trick the authors introduce in their next book would be helpful for this one as well: when solving for a number which is only slightly less than one, (as in several of the problems with particles moving near light speed) instead of trying to solve for .9999999999992343, which would be rounded to 1 by most calculators, solve for "1 - X" instead.Read more ›
The authors' approach clearly shows that they have extensive experience in teaching and they know which concepts usually cause most difficulty for students. These hard-to-grasp points are explained through creative analogies and parables. The most relevant experiments are explained clearly. The authors manage to achieve clarity without compromising accuracy.
Keep in mind, however, that while Spacetime Physics is a great place to start, it only covers the basics, so you will need other books for a decent knowledge on the topic. It will definitely not be enough to survive a serious course on the Theory of Relativity.
I know the folksy style of this book can be off-putting to some. But if anyone thinks that the content is dumbed down, it can only mean they haven't scratched below the surface and discovered the extraordinary wealth of examples, insightful applications and programmed exercises. Taylor and Wheeler (John Wheeler, one of the outstanding theoreticians of our time) are attempting to acculturate students (ouch) to the counter-intuitive world of special relativity, set in the context of general relativity. That takes more than a collection of formulas given in a handout at the start of the semester. You don't need heavy math, but you do need much thoughtful pedagogy. They succeed brilliantly and, contrary to some opinions, do so without glossing over anything of importance. The only aspect of basic relativity not touched on is the covariant formulation of the electromagnetic field equations (I defy anyone to do that without a couple of years' calculus). In short, the book is far from trivial. It is accessible to any numerate high-school graduate able and willing to think. I can't imagine how it could have been done better.
The title says it all "Introduction to Special Relativity", yes its big, its dumb at times, but its also fun and definitely worth getting
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Spacetime Physics was purchased for the wife. I don't know if she likes it. She usually doesn't tell me these things and I really don't ask. But, she's happy.Published 10 months ago by jun
I never took a formal Physics course. I came at this book by accident (specifically the hardcover first edition, 1962, and I am a little concerned whether the second edition is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. cardiff
I was looking for an introductory Special Relativity text as a precursor to further study. The authors make up their own vocabulary, such as "momenergy", instead of... Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Andrew
I rarely write any review for a book I read but this time I have to disagree on the good reviews I saw on this book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Giorgio Pedrazzini
If you want to know about special relativity, this is a good start. Thanks to Dr. Lagerstrom at Stanford for recommending it.Published on July 8, 2013 by Larry Kavanagh
I found the explanations a bit dry and really didn't discuss the things I expected it to discuss. I'm pretty good with math and maybe I should have had a better physics... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Thomas Jefferson VIII