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New Book by David Morin!

March 13, 2017
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Dr. David Morin's new book, Special Relativity: For the Enthusiastic Beginner, is written for high school and college students learning about special relativity for the first time. It will appeal to the reader who has a healthy level of enthusiasm for understanding how and why the various results of special relativity come about. All of the standard introductory topics in special relativity are covered: historical motivation, loss of simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, velocity addition, Lorentz transformations, Minkowski diagrams, causality, Doppler effect, energy/momentum, collisions/decays, force, and 4-vectors. Additionally, the last chapter provides a brief introduction to the basic ideas of general relativity, including the equivalence principle, gravitational time dilation, and accelerating reference frames.

The book is a revised and expanded version of the last four chapters in Dr. Morin's Introduction to Classical Mechanics, with Problems and Solutions textbook. A great deal of additional commentary has been included in order to make the book accessible to a wider audience.

For more information, see http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~djmorin/book.html.