Andrew Steane

Prof Andrew M. Steane
Professor of Physics (Atomic and Laser)
Fellow, Exeter College, University of Oxford.

Department of Atomic and Laser Physics,
Clarendon Laboratory,
Parks Road,
Oxford OX1 3PU.



The Wonderful World of Relativity---A precise guide for the general reader, by Andrew M. Steane (Oxford University Press, 2011).

This book provides a lively and visual introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. It is for a readership including young people at school (post-16) and the general public with an interest in modern science. It uses many diagrams and simple equations, guiding the reader carefully through them, in order to display the beautiful insights which the theory provides. Paradoxes and puzzles are introduced and resolved, and used to show how the ideas force us to understand time in a new way. The book culminates in a thorough unfolding of the relation between mass and energy.
Relativity made Relatively Easy, by Andrew M. Steane (Oxford University Press, 2012).

This presents an extensive study of Special Relativity and a gentle (but exact) introduction to General Relativity for undergraduate students of physics. Assuming almost no prior knowledge, it presents all the Relativity needed for a final year undergraduate university course, including some underpinning of other areas such as electromagneism. The aim is to make derivations as simple as possible and physical ideas as transparent as possible. Lorentz invariants and four-vectors are introduced early on, but tensor notation is postponed until needed. In addition to the more basic ideas such as Doppler effect and collisions, the text introduces more advanced material such as radiation from accelerating charges, Lagrangian methods, the stress-energy tensor, and introductory General Relativity, including Gaussian curvature, the Schwarzschild solution, gravitational lensing, and black holes.
Faithful to Science - the role of science in religion , by Andrew M. Steane (Oxford University Press, 2014).

This presents the role of science in a theistic outlook on the world. It is told from the point of view of a reasonably broad engagement with theism, and aims to show what science is and is not, and how it takes its place in a wider framework. It is hoped that the book will promote a better public understanding of science, and also an understanding of human life that recognizes the integrity of high-level concepts such as love and forgiveness, no matter what may be the reader's religious commitments. Here is a link to my blog on this subject.




Graph theory, Shannon game and Hex

Short biography

Exeter College Physics course information.