Om Energy and Mass in Relativity Theory
Energy and Mass in Relativity Theory presents about 30 pedagogical papers published by the author over the last 20 years. They deal with concepts central to relativity theory: energy E, rest energy E0, momentum p, mass m, velocity v of particles of matter, including massless photons for which v = c. Other related subjects are also discussed.According to Einstein's equation E0= mc2, a massive particle at rest contains rest energy which is partly liberated in the nuclear reactions in the stars and the Sun, as well as in nuclear reactors and bombs on the Earth. The mass entering Einstein's equation does not depend on velocity of a body. This concept of mass is used in the physics of elementary particles and is gradually prevailing in the modern physics textbooks.This is the first book in which Einstein's equation is explicitly compared with its popular though not correct counterpart E = mc2, according to which mass increases with velocity. The book will be of interest to researchers in theoretical, atomic and nuclear physics, to historians of science as well as to students and teachers interested in relativity theory.Contents: On the Photon MassThe Concept of MassVacua, Vacuum: Physics of NothingGravitation, Photons, ClocksPhotons and Static GravityTrialogue on the Number of Fundamental ConstantsFundamental Units: Physics and MetrologyPhotons: History, Mass, ChargeThe Impact of the Sakata ModelThe Theory of Relativity and the Pythagorean Theoremand other papersReadership: Researchers, academics and students in physics, history and philosophy of science.