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Webliography: What is the experimental basis of Special Relativity?

  1. Mar 12, 2009 #1
    Dear All,

    The compilation by John Baez about the http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SR/experiments.html" [Broken] is a must read.
    However, only very few of the references are available online and for free.
    Also, I have not found any book providing a compilation of such papers.

    Therefore, I would like to know about web resources on this basic topic.
    For example, some papers about the transverse Doppler effect.

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    Awww, he left out my favorite: The yellow color of gold.

    (edit:) Oh nevermind, apparently it's mentioned later in the same FAQ
  4. Mar 12, 2009 #3

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    by Yuan Zhong Zhang (Academia Sinica, China)

    This book is divided into two parts. In the first part we introduce the foundations of special relativity, such as, the inertial frame of reference, the definition of simulataneity, and Einstein's two basic hypotheses. We give the main relativistic effects, e.g. the relativity of simultaneity, velocity addition, length-contraction, the apparent shape of a moving body, time-dilation, Doppler effect, and the Thomas precession, In particular, the simultaneity problem and slow transport of clocks are investigated in detail by means of the test theories of special relativity. In the second part, variant types of experiments performed up to now are analyzed and compared to the predictions of special relativity. This shows that the experiments are a test of the two-way speed of light, but not of the one-way speed of light.

    That could be of help. Presents the Doppler shift formula as a relationship between infinitesimal periods of emission and reception.
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