- Tapa blanda: 304 páginas
- Editor: M.I.T. Introductory Physics (1 de agosto de 1968)
- Colección: M.I.T. Introductory Physics
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0393097935
- ISBN-13: 978-0393097931
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Special Relativity (M.I.T. Introductory Physics) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – ago 1968
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Very little prerequisites are required, just basic calculus (even single variable is sufficient). More than anything the reader needs to be willing to think through the ideas carefully and confidently. At the end of the book, the reader is rewarded by learning how the magnetic field (and corresponding magnetic field laws) has to exist as a natural consequence coulombs law and the principle of special relativity. This ties into advanced ideas on electrodynamics (and can be pursued further in an also excellent book on electrodynamics by Schwartz).
I do have a few potential criticisms of this book. The initial chapter on the history of the field is nice, but it definitely delays the reader (who is willing to take on face the experimental finding that the measurment of the speed of light is the same regardless of one's [inertial] state of motion) that is anxious to get on to SR. Another real criticism of this book is that despite its exceptional explanations of the physical insight and motivation behind SR and its key formulas, it does not nicely develop its four-dimensional formulation. This may be out of the scope of this book, but it really is essential for the development of the general theory of relativity (and is important to understand advanced treatments of electrodynamics such as that by Schwartz mentioned above).
If you have time (and are also looking for an 'easier' read), it is worth reading Wheeler's spacetime physics after this book. That book gives better insight into the geometric nature of relativity than this book and thus helps the reader build up to GR. However, despite also being a good book, the wheeler book teaches you how to 'do' SR but really fails at logically developing the subject and explaining where the (initially very counter-intuitive) ideas come from. That is where French really excels.