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