Chapter 14

Relativistic Mechanics

We have travelled a long way, over hills and valleys, crossed many a river in the serene kingdom of newtonian physics where peace and tranquility prevailed as our familiar neighbours, the planets and satellites, the locomotives, missiles and rockets moved around without too much haste, giving our mind sufficient space to observe them and study their behaviour.

As we continue our journey and climb the mountains we meet strangers whose behaviour and codes of conduct come in sharp contrast with our familiar laws and reality, conventional wisdom and rationality. The strangers are the sub-microscopic elusive particles, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, for whom the speed of light is the standard of reference, whose ...

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