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Special Relativity and Motions Faster than Light

Special Relativity and Motions Faster than Light

Moses Fayngold, Roland Wengenmayr (Illustrator)

ISBN: 978-3-527-62243-6

Sep 2008

320 pages



While the theory of special relativity is often associated with the idea of traveling faster than light, this book shows that in all these cases subtle forces of nature conspire to prevent these motions being harnessed to send signals faster than the speed of light.
The author tackles these topics both conceptually, with minimal or no mathematics, and quantitatively, making use of numerous illustrations to clarify the discussion. The result is a joy to read for both scientists familiar with the subject and laypeople wishing to understand something of special relativity.
Light and relativity
Imaginary paradoxes
The velocities' play
Superluminal motions
Slow light and fast light
Tachyons and tachyon-like objects
The speed of light as a fundamental constant of Nature