Geometry of Flat Spacetime


Mermin, N.D. (2006). Geometry of Flat Spacetime. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/06070037


Mermin, N. David. Geometry of Flat Spacetime. Perimeter Institute, Jul. 18, 2006, https://pirsa.org/06070037


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:06070037,
            doi = {10.48660/06070037},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/06070037},
            author = {Mermin, N. David},
            keywords = {},
            language = {en},
            title = {Geometry of Flat Spacetime},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2006},
            month = {jul},
            note = {PIRSA:06070037 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

N. David Mermin Cornell University


I will show Abner how to construct Minkowski's space-time diagrams directly from Einstein's two postulates and some very elementary plane geometry. This geometric route into special relativity was developed while teaching the subject to nonscientists, but some of its features may be unfamiliar to physicists and philosophers.