# Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum (Hardcover)

### Staff Reviews

It is fascinating how the incremental addition of simple elements with some seemingly simple assumptions leads to incredible results; e.g., E=mc2, rest mass, time dilation, length contraction, the inseparability of space and time. It involves the child's play of imagining experimental situations, building possible worlds--just trying things out to see what happens. Of course, it's all easy when someone has the answers and leads you very slowly through them, patiently repeating the difficult points and reminding you to keep reviewing things that look complicated. This is naturally what Susskind does in this, his third volume of The Theoretical Minimum series (and yes, the jokes are still so bad they'd make Groucho, et al. groan).

— Andy### Description

**The third volume in the bestselling physics series cracks open Einstein's special relativity and field theory**

### About the Author

**Leonard Susskind**is the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University. He is the author of

*Quantum Mechanics*(with Art Friedman) and

*The Theoretical Minimum*(with George Hrabovsky), among other books. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

**Art Friedman**is a data consultant and the author of

*Quantum Mechanics*(with Leonard Susskind). A lifelong student of physics, he lives in Murphys, California.

### Praise For…

"Susskind

is meticulous in explaining each step of applying the equations to the physical

phenomena he describes, and he excels in explaining why the math works the way

it does.... If you're intrepid enough...you'll emerge with a much deeper appreciation

for the true meaning of Einstein's relativity, Maxwell's equations and many

other aspects of fundamental physics."—

*Science News*

*Nature**Quantum Mechanics*by probing the mathematical nitty-gritty of field theory and Einstein's theory of special relativity in the third installment of the

*Theoretical Minimum*series...Enthusiastic discussion is seasoned with wry humor....Well paced.... Clear and concise."

*Publishers Weekly***Sean Carroll**,

**author of***The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself**Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory*was joyful to read, filled with insights and secrets that will prepare you for research."

**--- Stephon Alexander**

**Stephon Alexander,**,

**cosmologist at Brown University and author of***The Jazz of Physics*