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VOL. 7 | 2006 The Relativistic Hyperbolic Parallelogram Law


A gyrovector is a hyperbolic vector. Gyrovectors are equivalence classes of directed gyrosegments that add according to the gyroparallelogram law just as vectors are equivalence classes of directed segments that add according to the parallelogram law. In the “gyrolanguage” of this paper one attaches the prefix “gyro” to a classical term to mean the analogous term in hyperbolic geometry. The prefix stems from Thomas gyration, which is the mathematical abstraction of the relativistic effect known as Thomas precession. Gyrolanguage turns out to be the language one needs to articulate novel analogies that the classical and the modern in this paper share. The aim of this article is to employ recent developments in analytic hyperbolic geometry for the presentation of the relativistic hyperbolic parallelogram law, and the relativistic particle aberration.


Published: 1 January 2006
First available in Project Euclid: 14 July 2015

zbMATH: 1210.83003
MathSciNet: MR2228377

Digital Object Identifier: 10.7546/giq-7-2006-249-264

Rights: Copyright © 2006 Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


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