Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum

Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum

by Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman

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A funny, insightful, and self-contained guide to Einstein's relativity theory and classical field theories--including electromagnetism

Physicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers to Einstein's special relativity and Maxwell's classical field theory. Using their typical brand of real math, enlightening drawings, and humor, Susskind and Friedman walk us through the complexities of waves, forces, and particles by exploring special relativity and electromagnetism. It's a must-read for both devotees of the series and any armchair physicist who wants to improve their knowledge of physics' deepest truths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465093359
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: The Theoretical Minimum
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 448,500
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University. He is the author of Quantum Mechanics (with Art Friedman) and The Theoretical Minimum (with George Hrabovsky), among other books. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
Art Friedman is a data consultant and the author of Quantum Mechanics (with Leonard Susskind). A lifelong student of physics, he lives in Murphys, California.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xiii

Lecture 1 The Lorentz Transformation 1

Lecture 2 Velocities and 4-Vectors 63

Lecture 3 Relativistic Laws of Motion 79

Lecture 4 Classical Field Theory 115

Lecture 5 Particles and Fields 155

Interlude: Crazy Units 193

Lecture 6 The Lorentz Force Law 205

Lecture 7 Fundamental Principles and Gauge Invariance 255

Lecture 8 Maxwell's Equations 269

Lecture 9 Physical Consequences of Maxwell's Equations 303

Lecture 10 Maxwell From Lagrange 325

Lecture 11 Fields and Classical Mechanics 353

Appendix A Magnetic Monopoles: Lenny Fools Art 395

Appendix B Review Of 3-Vector Operators 411

Index 416

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