Special Relativity and How it Works (John Wiley, 2008) by NJIT Senior University Lecturer Moses Fayngold, has now been published. The text aims to unravel the mysteries of relativity. It presents a comprehensive study of special relativity with elements of electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and general relativity. Complete with exercises, examples, and problems, the book makes a good textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate students. For more information, please click here.
NJIT’s physics department has been using Fayngold 's first book, Special Relativity and Motions Faster Than Light (Wiley, 2002) to give physics majors a strong understanding of relativity courses for majors. For more information, please click here.
Fayngold's research interests include physics of periodic structures, optics of heterogeneous mediums and fundamental problems in relativity, cosmology, and quantum mechanics.
Fayngold has published more than 50 publications in scholarly journals and holds three patents, awarded in the former USSR. Recent journal articles include "The Dynamics of Relativistic Length Contraction and the Ehrenfest Paradox" (arXiv:0712.3891v1) and "Two Permanently Congruent Rods May Have Different Proper Lengths" (arXiv:0807.0881v1).
In 2006, Fayngold delivered an invited presentation on relativity, tachyons, and causality at an international forum on current problems in relativity and cosmology at the University of Texas, Austin.
In 2002, Fayngold published a monograph: "Special Relativity and Motions Faster than Light,” analyzing phenomena involving superluminal motions. He showed that none of them can be harnessed for faster-than-light signaling that could involve causality violations. Based on the success of this work, he wrote his second monograph "Special Relativity and How It Works” (Wiley-VCH, 2008), illustrating how nearly all electrodynamics can be deduced from two relativistic postulates.
Fayngold's scientific and educational awards include the outstanding refugee scientist award from the New York Academy of Sciences in 1993. The honor highlighted his studies of light interaction with two-dimensional crystals. In 1991, while still in the USSR, he received a shared publication award for his work on neutral particles channeling in layered structures. Fayngold carried out his post-graduate work in spiral scattering in the Nuclear Research Center in Tashkent (former USSR) and received his doctorate in physics from the Institute of Physics and Technology, Tashkent, and the Academy of Science of USSR, Moscow.