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

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### 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**

Physicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers to Einstein's special relativity and Maxwell's classical field theory. Using their typical brand of real math, enlightening drawings, and humor, Susskind and Friedman walk us through the complexities of waves, forces, and particles by exploring special relativity and electromagnetism. It's a must-read for both devotees of the series and any armchair physicist who wants to improve their knowledge of physics' deepest truths.

### 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*"Thrilling...Susskind's approach is to subject the novice to a historical mathematical boot camp to make the path seem natural, and ultimately easier...At once witty and insightful."

—

*Nature*"Susskind and Friedman follow their collaboration on

—*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*"Relativity and field theory are absolutely central to modern physics. Here they are explained masterfully, with insight and wit. This is physics the way it's really done, in all its glory, nothing swept under the rug."

—**Sean Carroll**,

**author of***The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself*"A true masterpiece that will stand the test of time. I only wish this book was around when I was learning classical physics.

*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*