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Visualizing flat spacetime: viewing optical versus special relativistic effects


Black, D V; Gopi, M; Kuester, F; Wessel, F; Pajarola, R (2007). Visualizing flat spacetime: viewing optical versus special relativistic effects. American Journal of Physics, 75(6):540-545.

Abstract

A visual representation of Minkowski spacetime appropriate for a student with a background in geometry and algebra is presented. Minkowski spacetime can be modeled with a Euclidean four-space to yield accurate visualizations as predicted by special relativity. The contributions of relativistic aberration as compared to classical prerelativistic aberration to the geometry are
discussed in the context of its visual representation.

A visual representation of Minkowski spacetime appropriate for a student with a background in geometry and algebra is presented. Minkowski spacetime can be modeled with a Euclidean four-space to yield accurate visualizations as predicted by special relativity. The contributions of relativistic aberration as compared to classical prerelativistic aberration to the geometry are
discussed in the context of its visual representation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Date:June 2007
Deposited On:24 Mar 2011 14:36
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:53
Publisher:American Association of Physics Teachers
ISSN:0002-9505
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2730838
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-47704

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