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Intro Physics Questions regarding special relativity.

  1. May 30, 2015 #1
    I recently found and interest in physics after reading KK Introductory Mechanics. I was thinking of learning EnM from Purcell. From my reading of these forums. Purcell introduces Max. Equations using special relativity. I do not know anything about SR (you can I am a virgin at physics).

    I read that T.M helliwell was a good place to start, and Wheeler also.

    I found a copy of Helliwell for 6 dollars, it is the 1960's edition (maybe 1st), it is 209 pages compared to the newer 300 and something. Should I get the older one are the 100 pages substantial information not present in the first edition.


    Does anyone have better alternatives? I don't want to actually read a special relativity book with the same rigor as say Spivak Calculus at this moment. Just enough to have an understanding of what is happening in Purcell. Thanks
     
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  3. May 31, 2015 #2
    Griffith's is a decent introduction to both.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2015 #3
    I actually found this book to be nice for SR:
    https://www.amazon.com/Ideas-That-Shaped-Physics-Frame-Independent/dp/0072397144
    It's not completely thorough, merely a great introduction to Lorentz transformations and things like that. It absolutely covers everything used by Purcell, and then Purcell has a brief (~5 pg) overview of the SR needed to work through the E&M problems.
     
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