Very Special Relativity is by far the best quasi-technical treatment of special relativity that I have found. The author, Sander Bais, uses Minkowski diagrams on nearly every facing page to illustrate the facts and apparent paradoxes of special relativity. He provides geometrical demonstrations (‘proofs’ in a very restricted sense) of time compression and space dilation.

Most importantly, the consistent use of Minkowski diagrams gives the reader a good handle to remember and reproduce the results of relativity theory.

This is an excellent book for anyone with a grasp of elementary Euclidean geometry who wishes to get a better understanding of the special theory of relativity.



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  • Title: Very Special Relativity: An Illustrated Guide
  • Author: Sander Bais
  • Published: 2007
  • ISBN: 067402611X
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  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 5.0 stars