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Relativity Books

This section contains free e-books and guides on Relativity, some of the resources in this section can be viewed online and some of them can be downloaded.

Lecture Notes on General Relativity by S. Hollands and Ko Sanders

These lecture notes on General Relativity intend to give an introduction to all aspects of Einstein’s theory: ranging form the conceptual via the mathematical to the physical. Topics covered includes: Special Relativity, Time and Space in Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Poincar´e Invariance, Spacetime in Special Relativity, Mathematics of Minkowski Spacetime, Mechanics in Special Relativity, Observer Dependence and Paradoxes, General Relativity, Applications of General Relativity, Cosmological Solutions to Einstein’s Equation, Black Holes, Linearized Gravity and Gravitational Radiation, The Global Positioning System.

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Notes on Relativity and Cosmology

This book explains the following topics: Space, Time, and Newtonian Physics, Maxwell, E and M, and the Ether, Einstein and Inertial Frames, Minkowskian Geometry, Accelerating Reference Frames, Dynamics, Relativity and the Gravitational Field, General Relativity and Curved Spacetime, Black Hole, Cosmology.

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Theory of Special Relativity by Nadia L. Zakamska

This note covers the following topics: Principle of Relativity, Lorentz transform, Simultaneous events, causally connected events, Addition of velocities, 4-vectors: velocity, energy-momentum, Energy-momentum of photon, Doppler effect, aberration, Relativistic dynamics, Electromagnetic fields in different frames.

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The principle of relativity

This book covers the following topics: The Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, Principle of Relativity, The Generalised Principle of Relativity.

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General Relativity

This note covers the following topics: Baby Differential Geometry, Curvature, Gravitation and the Einstein Equation, Black Holes and Gravitational Radiation, Lie Derivatives and Isometries.

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General Relativity and Cosmology

This book explains the following topics: Frames of Reference, Newtonian Relativity, Einsteinian Relativity, Geometry of Flat Spacetime, Electrodynamics in Special Relativity.

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Special Relativity by Philip Harris

Objective of this book is to explain the principle of relativity; its importance and universal application. Topics covered includes: Background History, The Lorentz Transformations, Spacetime, Dynamics and Kinematics, Four-Vectors, Relativity and Electromagnetism.

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Einstein's theory of relativity

The reader is assumed to have but little mathematical knowledge. Topics covered includes: Geometry and Cosmology, The Fundamental Laws of Classical Mechanics, The Newtonian World-System, The Fundamental Laws of Optics, The Fundamental Laws of Electrodynamics and Einstein's Special Principle of Relativity.

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Special Relativity

This a textbook on special relativity, aimed at undergraduates who have already completed a freshman survey course. The treatment of electromagnetism assumes previous exposure to Maxwell's equations in integral form, but no knowledge of vector calculus. Topics covered includes:  Spacetime, Foundations, Kinematics, Dynamics, Inertia, Waves, Coordinates, Rotation, Flux and Electromagnetism.

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Lecture Notes on General Relativity

The aim of these lecture notes is to provide a reasonably self-contained introduction to General Relativity, including a variety of applications of the theory, ranging from the solar system to gravitational waves, black holes and cosmology. This book covers the following topics: Physics in a Gravitational Field and General Covariance, General Relativity and Geometry, Dynamics of the Gravitational Field, General Relativity and the Solar System, Black Holes, Cosmology, Varia, Kaluza-Klein Theory.

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Lecture Notes on General Relativity by Columbia University

This book covers the following topics: Special Relativity, Lorentzian Geometry, Introduction to General Relativity, Null Structure Equations, Applications to Null Hypersurfaces, Christodoulou’s Memory Effect, Black Holes, Lagrangian Theories and the Variational Principle, Hyperbolic Equations and Wave Propagation on Black Holes.

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The Adventure of Physics Vol. II Relativity

This book is written for anybody who is curious about nature and motion. Curiosity about how people, animals, things, images and empty space move leads to many adventures. This volume presents the best of them in the domains of fast, intense and distant motion: relativity and cosmology.

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The Meaning of Relativity

This book covers the following topics: Space and Time in Pre-Relativity Physics, The Theory of Special Relativity, The General Theory of Relativity.

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Relativity Lecture Notes

This note covers the following topics: Symmetry and Invariance, Relativistic Kinematics, Variational Calculus, Relativistic Dynamics and Particle Physics, The Equivalence Principle and General Relativity, Relativity and Electromagnetism, General Relativity and Cosmology.

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Mechanics and Special Relativity

This note covers the following topics: oscillators damped and driven and resonance (how to rock your car out of a snow bank or use a swing), an introduction to Lagrangian mechanics and optimization, symmetries and Noether's theorem, special relativity, collisions and scattering, rotational motion, angular momentum, torque, the moment of inertia tensor (dynamic balance), gravitation, planetary motion, and a quantitative introduction to some of the mind-bending ideas of modern cosmology like inflation and dark energy.

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Understanding Special Relativity

The purpose of this note is to introduce the theory of special relativity in an easily understandable way.Covered topics are: The 2 Postulates, The Relativity of Simultaneity, Length Contraction, Time Dilation, Lorentz Transformation, The Metric, The Twins Paradox, Moving faster than light?, Velocity Composition, Relativistic Dynamics and The 4-vector approach.

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Notes on Relativistic Dynamics [PDF]

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Dynamics and Relativity by David Tong

This book covers the following topics: Newtonian Mechanics, Forces, Interlude: Dimensional Analysis, Central Forces, Systems of Particles, Non-Inertial Frames and Special Relativity.

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The General Relativity Tutorial

This note provides an informal introduction to that beautiful and amazingly accurate theory of gravity called general relativity. The goal is to explain the basic equation in this theory - Einstein's equation - with a minimum of fuss and muss.

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Special Relativity and Geometry [PS]

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A Short Course on General Relativity (PS)

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Introduction to General Relativity [PS]

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Relativity Tutorial [Ned Wright]

This note covers the following topics: Galilean Relativity, Special Relativity, Radar, Time Dilation, General Relativity, Principle of Equivalence, Curved Spacetime, Light cones in curved space-time.

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Notes on Special Relativity (PDF 78p)

This note covers the following topics: Frames of Reference and Newton’s Laws, The Speed of Light, Michelson-morley Experiment, Special Relativity, The Lorentz Transformations, Time Dilation, Adding Velocities: A Walk On The Train, Relativistic Dynamics, Mass and Energy, Energy and Momentum In Lorentz Transformations, Transforming Energy Into Mass and How Relativity Connects Electric and Magnetic Fields.

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Lecture Notes on General Relativity [Notes PS]

This note covers the following topics: Special relativity, Basic concepts of general relativity, Spherically symmetric spacetimes, Differential geometry and Variational principles.

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Special Relativity David W. Hogg [PDF 53p]

This note covers the following topics: Principles of relativity, Time dilation and length contraction, Geometry of spacetime, The Lorentz transformation, Causality and the interval, Relativistic mechanics.

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Understanding General Relativity

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Lecture Notes on General Relativity [Sean M. Carroll]

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Die spezielle Relativittstheorie (Notes on Special Relativity German PDF 118p)

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Relativity The Special and General Theory

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Lecture notes for Special Relativity

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Tensors and Relativity

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Lecture Notes on General Relativity [PDF 238p]

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Lecture Notes on General Relativity [PDF 238]

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