Episode 17 (Video) – A Look at Einstein’s 1905 Derivation

Posted by Steven Bryant On August - 11 - 2008

In Episode 17, we take an advanced look at Einstein’s derivation of the SRT transformation equations given in Section 3 of his 1905 paper to generate the equations and analyze the problem in creating his Tau equation. In the the past, I have reviewed Einstein’s derivation from an algebraic perspective. While that perspective remains valid, a precise analysis and re-examination requires that Einstein’s derivation be reviewed from a functions perspective. While the material in this Episode will be most comfortable to those with an understanding of namespaces, overloaded variables, and functions, it should be appropriate to all viewers interested in increasing their understanding of Special Relativity.

This video assumes some familiarity with functions, which might be considered an Advanced topic for some viewers/listeners. If you are not familiar with the behavior of functions, I encourage you to first watch Episode 8.

A PDF file containing the slides used in this video is also available for download.

Corrections: When making this video, I made a few mistakes in my choice of words. The corrections are made as callout text boxes in the video. Also, pages 12 and 19 are intentionally left out of the video and accompanying presentation.

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