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The special theory of relativity describes the motion and dynamics of objects moving at significant fractions of the speed of light.

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This is something that bothered me for a long time regarding special relativity. The Minkowski diagram is symmetric. That is, space and time look the same. But time is dilated, and length is contra …
asked Jan 22 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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I don't know that anybody has the full answer as to why this is the case. For Einstein and Poincaré, the invariance of the speed of light was a postulate. The non-linear nature of momentum was a con …
answered Jan 24 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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In the following derivation, I am not sure exactly how the components of the final vector equation are established. I suspect this is a situation analogous to the vector addition of infinitesimal rota …
asked Nov 6 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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The following is based on Peter Gabrial Bergmann's Introduction to the Theory of Relativity, pages 117 and 118. $A_{s}$ are the components of the electromagnetic 3-vector potential. The components o …
asked Dec 22 '16 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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This is my attempt to make sense of Box 4.1-4.b of MTW's Gravitation. I'm not entirely sure I have the computation correct. But, even if it is correct, I don't really understand how the final result r …
asked Dec 25 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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My questions pertain to the development of Euclidean 3-space orthogonal transformations presented in Einstein's The Meaning of Relativity. Also available at https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Meaning_ …
asked Nov 26 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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The first part of my question was satisfactorily addressed by J. Murray. The remaining part is really a follow-on to my previous question. That question might be reworded as: How does Feynman get …
answered Dec 12 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton
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In The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol II 18-4, A travelling field we are provided the thought experiment of two uniformly and oppositely electrically charged planar sheets of infinite extent lying in …
asked Dec 11 '18 by Steven Thomas Hatton