Back when I was in college, we were given a small book to read for our introductory physics class (physics for poets), not the textbook itself but an additional book. The book aimed to put the concepts we were learning in a historical context and develop some intuition through visualizing multiple thought experiments.

Unfortunately at the time, I did not get most of the value of the book. So a couple of months ago I actually read the book and made a few assorted notes, It is a great little book.

I am sharing some of these notes with you, perhaps it helps someone :).

You can click the links and see the pdf’s in the embedded GitHub viewer or click the raw button in Github to download the pdf linked_files directly.

Special Relativity, A Few Thought Experiments

The Wedding of Space and Time

E=mc^2 and All That

Curved Space-Time

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