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Relativity Looking for a good intermediate book on SR

  1. Jul 24, 2016 #1
    My 10th grader is looking for a relativity book that is bit more advanced than the ones he has been reading, which are An Illustrated Guide to Relativity by Takeuichi, and General Relativity A to B by Gerach.

    He has completed AP Calculus BC, so he has a good handle on single variable calculus and is ready for a book that has a more rigorous mathematical treatment of the topics.

    Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Jul 24, 2016 #2
    Shankar's Fundamentals of Physics I has a good treatment at that level, and covers more besides.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2016 #3

    robphy

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    That's General Relativity A to B by Geroch. (Although it looks simple, it's remarkably deep theoretically...addressing issues found nowhere else [intro or advanced]. I realized this when I sat for his graduate course in GR and recalled what I read in A-to-B.
    Geroch's graduate-level lecture notes have been published
    https://www.amazon.com/General-Relativity-1972-Lecture-Notes/dp/0987987178
    but that's too much of a step from just A-to-B.)

    For something more appropriate (math wise),
    Tom Moore's Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: Unit R
    https://www.amazon.com/Ideas-That-Shaped-Physics-Frame-Independent/dp/0072397144
    however, there is a 3rd edition out now (http://www.physics.pomona.edu/sixideas/
    https://www.amazon.com/Ideas-That-Shaped-Physics-Frame-Independent/dp/0077600959 )

    Ed Taylor and J.A. Wheeler's Spacetime Physics
    https://www.amazon.com/Spacetime-Physics-Edwin-F-Taylor/dp/0716723271
    however, I much prefer the 1966 maroon edition with the worked problems ( see http://www.eftaylor.com/special.html )
     
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  5. Jul 24, 2016 #4

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    I recently bought both the 1966 edition of Spacetime Physics and the latest version and there is about 50% more content in the latest one.
    Just out of curiosity, what is it that makes you strongly prefer the older one?
     
  6. Jul 24, 2016 #5

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    While the 2nd edition has some good answers to "student questions", the 1st-edition-with-worked-solutions is valuable. There are 1st editions that do not have the worked-solutions section. The 2nd edition doesn't have the worked-solutions.

    In addition, the 1st edition had references to rapidity. Ed told me that they dropped it in the 2nd edition because some folks reported that they didn't use it. A group of us strongly suggested he include it in a future edition.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2016 #6
    Thank you very much for the recommendations! Sorry for the late reply as I was traveling and didn't have ready access to this forum.
     
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