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10th May 2022

I usually hear the aspiring physicist struggling with the mathematics than vice versa! At least on undergrad level!

Take that you snobby math bastards /s.

On a more serious note, the key difference between physics and mathematics is developing an intuition and insight for physical problems. A good example might be special theory of relativity.

The mathematics to develop the key results is incredibly light. Indeed, the mathematics to formate the theory was always there since the dawn of classical electromagnetism.

It, however, took decades before the genius of Einstein illuminated the way ahead. The two assumptions he invoked to upend our standing of time and space to me is a good indication how to interpret the physics behind mathematical abstraction.

So, I suggest giving Special Relativity for the Enthusiastic Beginner a spin.

You are apt in mathematics, and the book requires nothing more than elementary algebra. Yet, it builds up the idea in a way that to me represents thinking like a physicist.

It may help with your problems. Even if not, thinking about relativistic physics is fun and you can have a good time!

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4th Dec 2021

In a somewhat similar spirit (of playful, but very serious):

Special Relativity: For the Enthusiastic Beginner

Not much in the way of fanciful illustrations, but it’s got some great limericks from the author. :)

e.g.
‘’’
“Potato?! Pot*ah*to!” said she,

And of *course* it’s tom*ah*to, you see.

But the square of ct

Minus x^2 will be

Always something on which we agree.
‘’’
- David Morin
(On invariant spacetime distance calculation in spec. relativity. )

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7th Aug 2019

Get a legal version, to support the author. On Amazon, the paperback is £16 and the kindle edition is £5.50, both way cheaper than many other books of much lesser quality.

Special Relativity: For the Enthusiastic Beginner

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