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Special Relativity : The Foundation of Macroscopic Physics - W.G. Dixon

Special Relativity

The Foundation of Macroscopic Physics

Paperback Published: 24th January 1983
ISBN: 9780521272414
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

The physics of space and time
Affine spaces in mathematics and physics
Foundations of dynamics
Relativistic simple fluids
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
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ISBN: 9780521272414
ISBN-10: 0521272416
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 24th January 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4

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