# Relativity in Modern Physics

## Nathalie Deruelle and Jean-Philippe Uzan

### Abstract

Newton’s ideas about how to represent space and time, his laws of dynamics, and his theory of gravitation established the conceptual foundation from which modern physics developed. This book offers a modern view of Newtonian theory, emphasizing those aspects needed for understanding quantum and relativistic contemporary physics. In 1905, Albert Einstein proposed a novel representation of space and time, special relativity. The text also presents relativistic dynamics in inertial and accelerated frames, as well as a detailed overview of Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism, thus providing the b ... More

Newton’s ideas about how to represent space and time, his laws of dynamics, and his theory of gravitation established the conceptual foundation from which modern physics developed. This book offers a modern view of Newtonian theory, emphasizing those aspects needed for understanding quantum and relativistic contemporary physics. In 1905, Albert Einstein proposed a novel representation of space and time, special relativity. The text also presents relativistic dynamics in inertial and accelerated frames, as well as a detailed overview of Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism, thus providing the background necessary for studying particle and accelerator physics, astrophysics, and Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In 1915, Einstein proposed a new theory of gravitation, general relativity. Finally, the text develops the geometrical framework in which Einstein’s equations are formulated and presents several key applications: black holes, gravitational radiation, and cosmology.

*Keywords: *
Isaac Newton,
theory of gravitation,
Newtonian theory,
quantum physics,
relativistic physics,
Albert Einstein,
Maxwell,
general relativity

### Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 |
Print ISBN-13: 9780198786399 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 |
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786399.001.0001 |

### Authors

#### Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathalie Deruelle, *author*

Director of research, CNRS, Laboratory "Astroparticle and Cosmology" (APC) at the University Paris 7.

Jean-Philippe Uzan, *author*

Director of Research, CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris

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