Introduction to Relativity: For Physicists and Astronomers (Complementary Science)

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Introduction to Relativity is intended to teach physics and astronomy majors at the freshman, sophomore or upper-division levels how to think about special and general relativity in a fundamental, but accessible, way. Designed to render any reader a "master of relativity", everything on the subject is comprehensible and derivable from first principles. The book emphasizes problem solving, contains abundant problem sets, and is conveniently organized to meet the needs of both student and instructor.

  • Simplicity: the book teaches space and time in relativity in a physical fashion with minimal mathematics
  • Conciseness: the book teaches relativity by emphasizing the basic simplicity of the principles at work
  • Visualization: space-time diagrams (Minkowski) illustrate phenomena from simultaneity to the resolution of the twin paradox in a concrete fashion
  • Worked problems: two chapters of challenging problems solved in several ways illustrate and teach the principles
  • Problem sets: each chapter is accompanied by a full set of problems for the student that teach the principles and some new phenonmena

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Professor John Benjamin Kogut is an American theoretical physicist, specializing in high energy physics. He received in 1971 his PhD from Stanford University with thesis Quantum Electrodynamics at Infinite Momentum: Applications to High Energy Scattering. From 1971 to 1973 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study. For 27 years he was on the physics faculty of the Loomis Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, retiring in 2005 as professor emeritus. John Kogut is known for the Kogut-Susskind fermion and his collaboration with Leonard Susskind on the Hamiltonian formulation of Kenneth G. Wilson's lattice gauge theory. He also did research on the "infinite-momentum frame" (the subject of his PhD thesis) and the parton model. From 1976 to 1978 he was a Sloan Fellow. In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. For the academic year 1987-1988 he was a Guggenheim Fellow.

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"When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity." Albert Einstein

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