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An Introduction to Mechanics by Robert J. Kolenkow, Daniel Kleppner

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11  THE SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY

11.1  The Need for a New mode of Thought

In some ways the structure of physics resembles a mansion whose outward form is apparent to the casual visitor but whose inner life —the customs and rituals which give a special outlook and kinship to its occupants —require time and effort to comprehend. Indeed, initiation into this special knowledge is the goal of our present endeavor. In the first ten chapters we introduced and applied the fundamental laws of classical mechanics; hopefully you now feel familiar with these laws and have come to appreciate their beauty, their essential simplicity, and their power.

Unfortunately, in order to present dynamics in a concise and tidy form, we have generally sidestepped discussion ...

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