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- Author: T.M. Helliwell
- Title: Special Relativity
- Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1891389610/?tag=pfamazon01-20
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QuantumCurt said:Does anyone have any experience with this book? I'm starting university physics this spring, and I was considering using this book to self study SR over the summer, in between physics I and II. I want to use the Purcell E&M book as a supplement for physics II, but I've gathered that the Purcell book assumes prior knowledge of SR. Since I'll have a whole summer between Physics I and II, I figured self studying some SR would be a good way to utilize that time.
Any other suggestions would be great too!
Based on the contents and skimming through the book, I think it is a very good book. But I'm just curious if Helliwell is better than or at the same league as Taylor and Wheeler. Thanks for your comment on the book.PeroK said:I don't have any texts to compare it with, but I thought Helliwell's book was excellent. It was the first serious study I'd done in 30 years and I was completely new to SR (I'm a pure maths graduate). It was the perfect introduction to SR. One of the author's strengths, in my opinion, was to know how much the student can digest at anyone point. Everything seemed to come in manageable chapters, but when I reached the end of the book and looked back it was suprising how much had been covered.
I wouldn't expect to nail SR from any book in a month (unless you're very clever!). It took me three months really to learn SR properly, I would say.
I've started GR this year and I didn't need an additional text to bridge the gap. Helliwell doesn't cover the more general vector-based approach to relativistic kinematics, but that was covered in my GR text. In any case, I believe that if you nail the basics of SR, then generalising to a more mathematical approach is not very difficult. For me, Helliwell's focus on the core ideas was spot on.
Special Relativity is a theory proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905 that explains the relationship between space and time. It states that the laws of physics are the same for all observers in uniform motion and that the speed of light is constant in all inertial frames of reference.
T.M. Helliwell is a physicist who has made significant contributions to the study of Special Relativity. Their work has helped to advance our understanding of the theory and its implications in various fields such as astrophysics and particle physics.
Special Relativity differs from Newtonian mechanics in several ways. It takes into account the effects of high speeds and gravity on the measurements of space and time, while Newtonian mechanics assumes that time and space are absolute and that the laws of physics are the same for all observers.
Special Relativity has many real-world applications, including GPS technology, nuclear energy, and particle accelerators. It has also helped scientists to better understand the behavior of objects in extreme conditions, such as near the speed of light or in the presence of strong gravitational fields.
Yes, Special Relativity is still considered a valid theory today. It has been extensively tested and has been shown to accurately describe the behavior of objects at high speeds and in strong gravitational fields. Its predictions have also been confirmed through numerous experiments and observations.