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Theoretical Concepts in Physics An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics for Final-Year Undergraduates

ISBN-10: 0521275539
ISBN-13: 9780521275538
Edition: 1984
Authors: M. S. Longair
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Description: In this highly individual, and truly novel, approach to theoretical reasoning in physics, the author has provided a course that illuminates the subject from the standpoint of real physics as practised by research scientists. Professor Longair gives  More...

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Book details

List price: $52.99
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/26/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

In this highly individual, and truly novel, approach to theoretical reasoning in physics, the author has provided a course that illuminates the subject from the standpoint of real physics as practised by research scientists. Professor Longair gives the basic insights, attitudes, and techniques that are the tools of the professional physicist, in a manner that conveys the intellectual excitement and beauty of the subject. The book is intended to be a supplement to more traditional courses for physics undergraduates, and the author assumes that his readers already have some knowledge of the main branches of physics. As the story unfolds, much of the core material of an undergraduate course in physics is reviewed from a more mature point of view. This is not, in fact, a substitute for existing texts. Rather it goes beyond them by improving the student's appreciation of the subject.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Tycho Brahe, Kepler and Newton - the origin of Newton's law of gravitation
The origin of Maxwell's equations
How to rewrite the history of electromagnetism
Approaches to mechanics and dynamics
Simple thermodynamics
The kinetic theory of gases and the origin of statistical mechanics
Black body radiation up to 1895
1895-1900: Planck and the spectrum of black body radiation
Planck's theory of black body radiation
Einstein and the quantisation of light
The story concluded - a further classical paper by Einstein
Special relativity - a study in invariance
An introduction to general relativity
Cosmology
Epilogue
References and further reading
Index

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