Construction of the special theory of relativity
Abstract
A method of constructing the special theory of relativity on the basis of the special relativity principle is described that does not use Einstein's second postulate or a group postulate. One variant of the method is based on the conservation laws for mass and momentum applied to the decay of a particle into two identical secondary particles. Mass is possibly dependent on velocity through a factor gamma(v). In a second variant one compares the lengths of three rods in relative motion. Here a factor g(v) takes into account a possible dependence of length on velocity. The product of gamma(v) and g(v) must always be unity.
 Publication:

Eesti NSV Teaduste Akadeemia Toimetised Fuusika Matemaatika
 Pub Date:
 1977
 Bibcode:
 1977ETATF..26..389K
 Keywords:

 Conservation Laws;
 Pair Production;
 Particle Mass;
 Relativity;
 Axioms;
 High Energy Interactions;
 Momentum Theory;
 Particle Motion;
 Radioactive Decay;
 Relativistic Effects;
 Relativistic Particles;
 Velocity Measurement;
 Physics (General)