The Wave Basis of Special
Robert A. Close
book explains not only how Special Relativity (SR) works, but also
WHY it works. SR does not require the postulates you will find in
other books. Instead, the laws of SR can be deduced from the
experimental observation that matter behaves like waves (see the
animation “Underwater Relativity”). The Lorentz
transformations apply to measurements made with waves even if
those waves propagate in ordinary Galilean space-time. That is why
Lorentz-invariant equations derived from classical models are
consistent with SR. Examples include MacCullagh’s equation for
light waves and Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetism. This
book utilizes a simplified model of matter consisting of waves
propagating in circles in order to explain how physical quantities
transform due to relative motion. The straightforward logic and
elegance of this approach is a pleasant alternative to the usual
plug-and-chug presentation of relativity.
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the Author: Dr.
Robert A. Close holds a BS in physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and a PhD in physics from the University
of California at Berkeley. He has published many scientific
articles in the fields of medical imaging, plasma physics, and
fundamental physics. His recent research, found in this book and
offers a new paradigm for understanding modern physics based on
simple mechanistic processes rather than the usual potpourri of
postulates and empirical findings.