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Space and Time in Pre-relativity Physics

Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

in The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691174631
eISBN:
9781400888689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.003.0014
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter begins with an epistemological discussion of space and time and of geometry in relation to Einstein's formulation of relativity theory. It introduces the concept of invariants. These are ... More


The Theory of Special Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

in The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691174631
eISBN:
9781400888689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.003.0015
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter shows how the principle of special relativity and the principle of the constancy of the velocity of light uniquely determine the Lorentz transformation. Unlike in pre-relativity physics, ... More


Nonlinear optics

Robert E. Newnham

in Properties of Materials: Anisotropy, Symmetry, Structure

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198520757
eISBN:
9780191916601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198520757.003.0031
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geochemistry

In most dielectrics, the linear relation between electric polarization and applied electric field is accurately obeyed even for fairly large fields of 107 V/m. The reason is that the atomic ... More


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