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Maxwell's conundrum : a serious but not ponderous book about relativity
Scheider, Walter.
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Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Cavendish Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
vi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library QC173.57 .S34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Presidential Award-winning teacher Scheider's excellent book, a worthwhile addition to the numerous introductory works on the special theory of relativity, discusses the subject in a charming style. The style is informal, but the extensive discussion of misconceptions about relativity indicates the author's long experience in teaching this material. There are many examples but very few problems, so an instructor using the book as a classroom resource would need to provide supplementary problems for students. Not everyone will find the use of Minkowski diagrams (in chapter 16 only) helpful, but this material could easily be omitted or another approach substituted. A helpful annotated bibliography is provided. The clear and engaging style makes it easy to recommend inclusion in any library with introductory books on relativity. It can be highly recommended for use by the serious student studying alone, but could also be used in a classroom setting by a confident teacher with a similar approach to the subject. General readers; undergraduates. M. C. Ogilvie Washington University

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