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Independent Learning [relativity books]

  1. Jun 26, 2008 #1
    Hello everyone, summer break has begun for me, and I was wondering which way is the best possible way to learn new stuff over the summer, I wanted to dive into, and kind of begin, to have an understanding of Lorentz Transformations and Einstein's special relativity theory, is there any book or textbook in particular that you may recommend or any other means of acquiring this knowledge? or any advice on how to build up to the point (approaching different topics) where I can properly comprehend these theories...I'd also like to believe I have an aptitude for math and physics, so I'm not a TOTAL beginner :), I just finished grade 12.....Thanks in advance.
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  3. Jun 26, 2008 #2
    Re: Independent Learning

    Perhaps Moore's A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime
  4. Jun 27, 2008 #3
    Re: Independent Learning

    Anything more in textbook format?
  5. Jun 27, 2008 #4
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  6. Jun 27, 2008 #5


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    Taylor and Wheeler's "Spacetime Physics" is a very common recommendation for an introductory relativity textbook.
  7. Jun 27, 2008 #6


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    The Feynman Lectures on Physics contains a very direct introduction to special relativity.

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  8. Jun 27, 2008 #7
    as said by chroot feynman lectures on physics lectures 15 , 16 and 17.


    special relativity --- robert resnick
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  10. Jun 30, 2008 #9
    I second French.
  11. Jul 1, 2008 #10
    Re: Independent Learning

    This is a textbook. More textbooky than Spacetime Physics.
  12. Jul 2, 2008 #11
    Thank you for all your help.
  13. Jul 7, 2008 #12
    I'm currently self-teaching SR and GR also, and I would heartily recommend "Relativity Demystified", it may only contain one chapter on special relativity, but it is excellently written (in my opinion) and good if you want to challenge yourself and look at some GR.

  14. Jul 9, 2008 #13
    Hmm... I'm trying to do the same, actually :) How exactly is "A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime" structured? Is it like Halliday and Resnick with their Foundations of Physics textbook?
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