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Need a book to prepare for my Special Relativity class

  1. Jun 7, 2012 #1
    Next semester I will be taking a class in Special Relativity through UIUC. Its only a 200 level course titled Relativity and math applications but I would really like to go in with a base. If anyone could give me some book suggestions which would contain practice problems and the like but not be too techinical (like a "...for dummies" book) that would be great. Or a website along the lines of Paul's Online Notes but for relativity would be great too.

    NOTE: I am not looking for a book which covers Special Relativity on a conceptual level. I need one that is quantitative.

    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
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  3. Jun 7, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    I would recommend Taylor & Wheeler's Spacetime Physics.
  4. Jun 8, 2012 #3
    Check Rindler's Relativity. It's pretty good.
  5. Jun 8, 2012 #4
    Moore's A Traveller's Guide to Spacetime is excellent.
  6. Jun 8, 2012 #5
    Taylor and Wheeler is popular. I like to look for lecture notes to get a feel for something new before I start buying books. There are thousands of professors who post their notes, some are good, some are awful. Google "SR lecture notes" or something similar and you will find a lot of notes at a variety of levels.
  7. Jun 8, 2012 #6
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