Gamow, G.
Mr. Tompkins in Paperback.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965.
ISBN 978-0-521-09355-2.
The inspiration for this work; a great physicist makes
relativity and quantum mechanics intuitive by adjusting
physical constants into the realm of human experience.
Gamow, G. M. Tompkins.
Paris: Dunod, 1992.
ISBN 978-2-10-001399-9.
Edition française du livre cité ci-dessus.
Ellis, George F.R. and Ruth M. Williams.
Flat and Curved Space-Times.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
ISBN 978-0-19-851169-4.
This is the reference I turned to again and again while
developing C-ship. It's a highly readable yet mathematically
rigourous treatment of special and general relativity. I've
never seen a better treatment of how the various effects of the
Lorentz transformation hang together in different reference
frames.
Einstein, A., A. Lorentz, H. Minkowski, and H. Weyl.
The Principle of Relativity.
New York: Dover, 1952.
ISBN 978-0-486-60081-9.
A collection of English language translations of the key
papers that laid the foundation of special and general
relativity. Few papers in the history of science contain
revelations so great while remaining accessible to the
educated generalist as Einstein's 1905
On the
Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies which proposed the
theory of special relativity. Re-reading it today
remains a special treat.
The authorised English translation of Einstein's own
popular exposition of special and general relativity.
Originally written in 1916, it's not as easy to follow
as recent treatments that have the advantage of
eight decades of mathematical hindsight, but it's
fascinating for the insights it provides into how
Einstein himself visualised the theory.
Epstein, Lewis Carroll.
Relativity Visualized.
San Francisco: Insight Press, 1987.
ISBN 978-0-935218-05-3.
This book is a gem. Epstein has a remarkable talent for
looking at things from unusual perspectives that provide
insights you'd otherwise miss. The many excellent
illustrations complement the entertaining text.
Misner, Charles W., Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler.
Gravitation.
San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1973.
ISBN 978-0-7167-0334-1.
This is the ultimate technical reference for general
relativity. Chapters 2 through 5 present the foundations
of special relativity in the modern mathematical language of
differential forms. Chapter 6 explains how, despite frequent
claims to the contrary, special relativity can
accomodate accelerated observers. Section 6.2 discusses
motion resulting from constant acceleration
like our C-ships provide, called “hyperbolic motion”
since the world-line of such an observer forms a hyperbola
in space time, asymptotic to the light cone.
This book, with almost 1300 pages and precisely identical
inertial and gravitational mass of 2.6 kilograms self-illustrates
its title. If you're looking for the in-depth mathematical
details of general relativity, you're going to eventually
wind up here.
A view of special and general relativity that emphasises
its geometrical underpinnings: higher dimensional spaces
and non-Euclidian geometry. Enjoyable and eminently
readable.
A complete, mathematically rigorous treatment of
special relativity aimed at university undergraduate
physics majors. This is the best technical source
focused entirely on special relativity that I've
encountered.
This book, part of the Scientific American Library
series (but available separately), is primarily devoted to
general relativity, the field in which Wheeler is one of the
most eminent researchers. Chapter 3 discusses special
relativity in the context of the invariance of spacetime
intervals, and contains one of the clearest explanations I've
encountered of why the so-called “twin paradox” is not
paradoxical at all and has nothing to do with acceleration;
just motion through spacetime.
A thorough mathematical treatment of the geometry,
physics, programming, and blue smoke and mirrors that underlie
the implementation of a ray tracer, with chapters contributed
by experts in the field. No specific ray tracer is discussed;
the principles covered apply to any software implementation.
Young, Chris and Drew Wells.
Ray Tracing Creations (Second Edition).
Corte Madera, California: Waite Group Press, 1994.
ISBN 978-1-878739-69-8.
A tutorial and comprehensive reference manual for the
Persistence of Vision Raytracer (POV-Ray). It's much
easier to learn and use the program with this book than
from the documentation included with the software. An
MS-DOS executable copy of POV-Ray and several ready to
render models is included on a diskette bound into the
book (this version does not, of course, include the
relativistic extensions used to make the images in this
document). A thorough understanding of the model building
and rendering tools described in this book is essential
before you explore the added complexity of relativistic
effects.
Colour Theory
Hunt, R.W.G., ed.
Measuring Colour.
Chichester, England: Ellis Horwood Ltd., 1987 (Distributed in the
U.S. by John Wiley & Sons).
ISBN 978-0-7458-0125-4.
In-depth mathematical treatment of physical and perceptual colour
theory, including interconversion between various colour
systems, colour matching, and the properties of both normal
and colour-blind observers. This book was essential in
developing the (not entirely bogus, I hope) representation
of Doppler shift used in C-ship.