Special Relativity and Motions Faster than Light

  • ID: 2183411
  • Book
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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.

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Introduction

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
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Moses Fayngold
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