Book: The Mathematics of Minkowski Space-Time, F. Catoni et al


The Mathematics of Minkowski Space-Time
With an Introduction to Commutative Hypercomplex Numbers

by
Francesco Catoni, Roma, Italy;
Dino Boccaletti, Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, Italy;
Roberto Cannata, ENEA, C.R. Casaccia, Italy;
Vincenzo Catoni, Roma, Italy;
Enrico Nichelatti, ENEA, C.R. Casaccia, Italy;
Paolo Zampetti, ENEA, C.R. Casaccia, Italy

2008. XVIII, 255 p. Softcover
CHF 65.00* / EUR 39.90**
ISBN-13: 978-3-7643-8613-9
© 2008, Birkhäuser
*Recommended sales price in Switzerland
**The Euro price is a net price, subject to local V.A.T

Hyperbolic numbers are proposed for a rigorous geometric formalization of the space-time symmetry of two-dimensional Special Relativity. The system of hyperbolic numbers as a simple extension of the field of complex numbers is extensively studied in the book. In particular, an exhaustive solution of the ‘twin paradox’ is given, followed by a detailed exposition of space-time geometry and trigonometry. Finally, an appendix on general properties of commutative hypercomplex systems with four unities is presented.

Source of information: S. Jaenichen, Birkhauser Verlag, http://www.birkhauser.ch

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